AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has been impressed with Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere in training.
As with all players with the Cherries, Wilshere has been working to a personalised training programme which has seen him not involved in every training session.
His personal training schedule will be adapted to his own current level of fitness and tailored to get the maximum from him on a match day.
This will be vitally important considering Wilshere’s injury history.
The 24 year old midfielder has made 159 appearances for Arsenal and as well as gaining lots of UEFA Champions League experience.
He has also 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.
However 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 afcb.co.uk…
‘…He has been very bright and good in training. As you would expect his quality on the ball is obvious and his technical ability is of a very high level.
‘We’ll wait and see what my team selection is, but I think he has naturally given the place a lift. There’s been a positive impact around the squad.’
Speaking to the Daily Echo he added…
‘I won`t give my team selections away but I don`t think it is rocket science where Jack is best.
‘I have only worked with the player for a short period of time so I wouldn`t want to say something that will come back to haunt me but we would certainly want to see him attacking and using his creativity in the final third…’
‘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..
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