The Arsenal and England midfielder coming to AFC Bournemouth was one of the biggest coups the club had ever managed. Could it happen again?
After breaking his leg against Spurs, that was the last AFC Bournemouth fans saw of him on the pitch. He stayed for a while, but it was back to Arsenal and the start of speculation that still hasn’t subsided.
Eddie Howe stated he was keen to bring Wilshire to Dean Court (yes we still call it Dean Court) on a permanent basis, but interest seemed to fade away as the Cherries finished strongly without him. Arsene Wenger eventually offered him a new deal, but there was still interest from elsewhere. West Ham was one rumoured destination (guess cause it’s in London), Crystal Palace was another (guess cause it’s in London) and they did try to take him on loan.
Outside of the capital Inter Milan was another rumour and the latest seems to be that Wilshire is off to Sampdoria for around £8m or £9m. Now there’s a price that we like. In the current climate that would be a bargain. But, do we need him or want him?
JACK WILSHIRE: YES OR NO?
We are assuming that he wants to come back to Dean Court. He fitted in well and never looked out of place. So, assuming he wants us, do we want him? There are plenty of plus points, but as always there are a few negatives. He is undoubtedly a talented player and throughout his loan he showed how good he could be. But, we are not convinced that he ever reached his peak. If he stays fit and has a permanent home will he finally reveal his considerable talents? The other question is, Is he better than what we have? Arguably he is, but I think that is doing a disservice to Harry Arter especially. Plus, where would he fit in? Would Eddie Howe have a favoured position for him. Seems last season he couldn’t quite decide.
We are on the fence about Wilshire. If his injury record continues he may never get to prove his worth. But, on the other hand if he is available for £9m Eddie Howe should snap him up. But, perhaps the lack of movement from this end suggests Eddie is not interested whatever the fans think.