AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has admitted he will be flexible with Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere’s training schedule.
Having completed one of the biggest coup’s in the clubs history by signing Jack Wilshere on a season long loan deal ahead of clubs such as Crystal Palace and Italian sides Roma and AC Milan, Howe wants to get the best out of the 24 year old midfielder.
Wilshere has made 159 appearances for Arsenal and as well as gaining lots of UEFA Champions League experience, he has lifted the FA Cup on two occasions and represented England on 34 occasions.
He has played for England at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the recent 2016 UEFA European Championships in France.
His appearances for both Arsenal and England would likely have been considerably higher if it wasn’t for a number of injuries.
Over the last two seasons, Wilshere has made just 17 Premier League appearances with his most recent 90 minutes league appearance for Arsenal coming against Manchester City in September 2014.
He has however gained more minutes playing for England, having returned from injury in April, he played six times for England during the summer.
In three friendlies against Turkey, Australia and Portugal, Wilshere played a combined total of 135 minutes and then in the Euro’s against Russia, Slovakia and Iceland he played an additional 113 minutes.
Thus far this season, two substitute appearances against Leicester and Watford saw him play 37 minutes.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
‘…One of the key things for us is to make sure he’s fit and able to do himself justice but also to maintain his fitness is key.
‘We will be flexible with how we train to get the very best out of the player…
‘…We’ve done well in the first two thirds (thus far this season) and then that final pass, that final bit of creativity has been missing in stages of all the games.
‘His main strength is his quality in the final third and I’m hoping that is evident very early…
‘…I’m excited to see him play in the team. I’m excited to see what he can do in the team and the level he can take us to.’
? Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) 1 September 2016
‘Signing Wilshere is a clear message to others to up their game. Lewis Cook is one who can learn a lot and is one for the future. Harry Arter is under pressure, keep your mouth shut and play football. Nathan Ake knows he cannot walk into the team.
Eddie Howe has a big job to sort his best team out, but what a squad he now has. Let’s pray for an injury free season..
Whatever happens Eddie Howe’s stock has risen further by astounding the football world at pulling this deal off, – Join the conversation here.
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