Belfast Telegraph

Jack Wilshere happy to fit in at Bournemouth and prove the doubters wrong

Bournemouth 1 West Bromwich Albion 0

By Andy Sims

Jack Wilshere is determined to prove the doubters wrong and reignite his career with Bournemouth.

The England midfielder made his first Cherries appearance since his shock deadline-day loan switch from Arsenal as a substitute in Saturday's 1-0 win over West Brom.

Wilshere, who has been dogged by injuries over the last two years, came on with half an hour remaining and fitted in seamlessly, first in an attacking midfield role and then out on the right.

And his bright cameo helped Bournemouth to a first win of the season thanks to Callum Wilson's 79th-minute strike.

"It was a good win for us," Wilshere said.

"I thought we did very well and deserved the three points. It was great at the end to be on the pitch celebrating and applauding the fans - that's what it is all about.

"Hopefully if we can keep performing like that and getting results then they will keep coming.

"It was also good to come on for my first minutes and get used to the way that the boys play. It's similar to the way I am used to playing at Arsenal - I can fit into this team, I think.

"I came on in the number 10 position and then moved to the right for the team.

"I can do that role and I can also play deeper. I am comfortable in all of those positions. Different games bring different problems, so we will see.

"The biggest aim for me, and I am sure everyone is aware of it, is to get as many games as possible. That was the idea coming here.

"If there's any question mark over me I know it's my fitness. So hopefully I can play as many games as possible, prove everyone wrong and re-kick my career."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said: "Jack gave us a foothold, which we had lost, and I thought he was terrific.

"It wasn't difficult to start him on the bench after looking at the training data. We felt half an hour was a good call for him today.

"What we don't want to do is push him too early. The key objective is we want him fit and available all season, and if we do that then you could see today what a player we have on our hands."

West Brom is not exactly a happy ship at the moment, although a takeover by a Chinese consortium is set to be completed next week.

Fans are disgruntled and manager Tony Pulis this week voiced his frustration at their transfer dealings, but he insisted: "The remit was to keep the club in the Premier League and in profit, and that's what we've done."

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph