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WHAT EDDIE HOWE HAD TO SAY
IT’S ALL ABOUT JACK WILSHIRE
The news has been about Eddie Howe taking over from Arsene Wenger, but it’s the return of one of his mentors Tony Pulis that stands in the way of a first win of the League campaign.
Obviously the other news has been that little old Bournemouth have managed to sign Jack Wilshire, how he should have gone to another club, what he’s doing in training, what he had for breakfast, how many fags he has smoked since reaching the South Coast, and will he get in today’s lineup.
Everyone knows he’s a talented chap, if he stays fit. Wonder how many times we will hear this said/written. Might start a Wiltshire Watch. If Wilshire is fit, he will play today. Will he start? Maybe, Where will he play? And, who will make way for him? Not Harry Arter, he said “I’ve got confidence in my ability that Jack signing won’t push me to the bench”. We are big fans of Harry Arter and there is no way he or Surman can be dropped for this game.
How will Eddie Howe accommodate Wilshire? The assumption is that he will play, so if he does how will the Cherries line-up? Will it be 4-2-3-1 with Wilshire centre of the 3 behind Wilson and King on the bench? Will it be 4-4-1-1 with Wilshire just behind King (is he fit?) and Wilson on the bench. Is there another option. Guess we will have to wait and see.
While Wilsihre will undoubtedly grab the headlines it is still a team game and he is only one man. We at TFTSE Towers want to see him blend in seamlessly and take the players around to new heights and a first win of the season.
If we do win where do you reckon we will be on the MOTD running order and how many times will Wilshire’s name be mentioned, can’t wait.
TFTSE FAVOURITE – PAUL MERSON
The Jack Wilshere factor will make a difference for Bournemouth because even if he can only last 70 minutes against West Brom, it will get the crowd up for it.
I usually do like the Baggies, and I know they don’t score many goals under Tony Pulis, but I just feel they are such a threat from set-pieces. If they can build pressure I think they’ll score one, but it won’t be enough.
BOURNEMOUTH 2-1 WEST BROM
Signing Jack Wilshere was a real coup for Bournemouth and Eddie Howe will hope his arrival can inject some confidence into their poor start to the season. The Cherries are yet to win in the league this season and are already in the bottom three. There has been some speculation Tony Pulis could walk away from West Brom after their failings in the transfer window. Hardly ideal prepartion for the their trip to the south coast. The Baggies have only one win to their name this season, but that did come away from home. Both teams have scored in each of their previous four encounters and Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last three against West Brom. A draw could be on the cards at the Vitality Stadium.
BOURNEMOUTH 1-1 WEST BROM
I think Bournemouth signing Jack Wilshere on loan will suit both club and player. The only problem I can foresee is that, from his time at Arsenal, Wilshere has only ever played for a team that dominate possession and it will not be the same for him at the Cherries.
They will have to fashion a role for him that will mean he is generally on or around the ball. Wilshere is very talented, but this is a crossroads season for him.
I am tempted to go with him starting by helping Bournemouth end their eight-game winless run in the league – but I don’t see West Brom being beaten. Baggies boss Tony Pulis did not get some of the players he wanted in the transfer window, but I think most managers were the same and his squad still looks pretty solid.
BOURNEMOUTH 1-1 WEST BROM
WEST BROM, WEST BROM WHAT’S THE SCORE?
The so called experts know little more than the fans. In fact that they probably know less as they only watch us on TV. And, what makes their opinion any more ‘expert’ than anyone else. Vote now ‘experts’ your opinion counts.
WHERE WERE AFCB 5 YEARS AGO?
On the 10th September 2011 AFC Bournemouth were taking on Chesterfield at home in League One, managing to lose by the princely sum of three goals.
In the team that day were Harry Arter, Marc Pugh, Shaun MacDonald and someone called Ryan Doble, don’t remember him. At the helm was Mr Lee Bradbury who had more wise words to say, “On another day we could have won this 5-3 but we didn’t take our chances and that’s been the story of our season so far.”
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