There was genuine surprise when Bournemouth secured the services of Jack Wilshere on a season-long loan from Arsenal at the end of the summer transfer window.
The England international has suffered from a host of injury problems over recent years, of course, but surely a bigger club than Bournemouth could have secured his services.
Wilshere was linked to Crystal Palace and AS Roma, but Dean Court would eventually become his home for the 2016-17 season.
The midfielder, who is undoubtedly a talented footballer, hasn’t played 90 minutes for his loan club yet.
But he had started the club’s previous three matches, against Manchester City, Everton and Watford.
Wilshere still looking for his first goal and assist
Wilshere was expected to look like a big fish in a small pond at Bournemouth - after all, this was the kid who famously kept Xavi and Andres Iniesta in his pocket when the Gunners played Barcelona back in 2011 - but it’s not quite worked out that way so far this season.
The 24-year-old hasn’t scored a goal or registered an assist during his first six league appearances for the Cherries.
Wilshere's 'highlights' v Watford
And he was particularly disappointing during his team’s 2-2 draw against Watford before the international break, as this ‘highlights’ video shows.
Wilshere’s passing was off at times, he could have been more involved in the general play, his set-pieces weren’t great. Oh yeah, and he missed a sitter.
No doubt that Wilshere’s confidence has suffered a blow over recent months because he’s a much better player than this.
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