Jack Wilshere’s loan move to Bournemouth raised a few eyebrows in the summer, but after another good performance for the Cherries in their 1-0 win over Leicester, it’s Jack and Eddie Howe who are reaping the rewards.
The Arsenal midfielder’s fitness has long cast a shadow over what promised to be a superb career, but time spent with the south-coast side seems to be benefiting him.
A tackle like this might have seen the England international on the floor for some time last season.
Jack Wilshere rides a strong challenge from Leicester's Robert Huth.
No mercy. pic.twitter.com/aeEQf4fsJF— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) December 13, 2016
And perhaps the best news of the night for the 24-year-old came when he completed more minutes than in the previous two seasons combined.
887 – Jack Wilshere has played more Premier League minutes this season (887) than his previous two combined. Recovery.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 13, 2016
The game also marked the sixth occasion Wilshere completed 90 minutes this season – manager Howe was particularly impressed.
Howe on Wilshere: "I think it was Jack's best game for us today." #BOULEI— Cherry Chat (@CherryChatAFCB) December 13, 2016
Yet again, Wilshere sticking two fingers up to those who said it was a mistake coming to #AFCB— Gavin Peacock’s Gilet (@korsikoff) December 13, 2016
Bournemouth fans have certainly taken Jack to their hearts, and aren’t concerned by a lack of goals or assists.
Stats distort people's opinions of players. Wilshere'a stats for us are poor but he's been absolutely immense.— Matty 🍒 (@ArtOfMatty) December 13, 2016
It seems to be a mutually beneficial relationship, with Wilshere getting game time and Bournemouth enjoying his playing style, moving up to eighth for the time being.
Bournemouth are lowkey having a fantastic season. The Wilshere effect.— Pádraig (@afcpadraig) December 13, 2016
The questions is: could Wilshere make the Vitality Stadium his permanent home?