Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere believes his dropping from the AFC Bournemouth starting XI has been justified due to the Cherries recent performances.
Wilshere made the move from Arsenal on loan to the south coast on transfer deadline day in August, he has gone on to make 22 appearances, including 19 starts.
In 1644 minutes of football he has taken 2 assists and has a pass completion rate of 84.4%
But he was left on the bench for the trip to Old Trafford, where the Cherries picked up a valuable point against Manchester United, despite being down to 10 men for the entire second half.
Wilshere was once again on the bench against West Ham United, with the Cherries going on to win 3-2 in the last minute.
Speaking to Daily Echo after the victory over West Ham United, Wilshere said…
‘…I want to play every minute, that is why I came here.
‘But I have always been a team player. Wherever I have been it has been the team first – and last week they put in a good performance.
‘The manager picks the team. I respect the manager`s decision and the team are justifying that. They are playing well, so we will see what happens next week.’
I think there’s pros and cons to having Wilshere in the side. Obviously he’s a quality player, technically nobody else in our side can match him.
However I believe his presence sometimes offers our other players an easy get-out, and in our poorer and lower confidence patches this season we’ve spent games just passing to Jack and expecting him to do something magical. Yet we’re at our best moving the ball with fairly simple passes, yet quickly and in coordination. Not playing Wilshere possibly forces other players to step up, and enforces the importance of collectively building tempo in our play to unlock a defence, as opposed to one killer pass that Wilshere could produce doing it.
Good problem to have though. Be it as a number 10 with an engine room behind him, or as a sub we can bring on in the second half to pick out all the holes in a stretched game – he’ll have plenty more to contribute for us yet this season. – Join the conversation here.
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