Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has admitted that he was concerned about Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere’s fitness going into this weekends clash with West Brom, according to the BBC.
The young manager was however impressed with the 24-year-old’s contribution when he came on.
Wilshere took the field in the 63 minute in place of the clubs record signing Jordan Ibe. The England international helped lead his side to a 1-0 win over West Brom.
“We were very close to picking Jack Wilshere, but he made a real impact when he came on,” Howe told BBC Sport.
“I was just concerned at his ability to play as long as we needed him to if he started. It was quite obvious to me that he will do great things for this team.
“He’s given everyone a lift just because of his name, his quality can only rub off on the other players and boost them.”
Wilshere’s career has been blighted by injuries, which have restricted him to just 159 appearances in eight years for the Arsenal.
Last season, the 24-year-old missed the majority of the Gunners campaign due to an injury and made just three appearances. However, he was still called up to the Euro 2016 squad by former manager Roy Hodgson.
Bournemouth take on Premier League leaders Manchester City in the next round of games
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