Eddie Howe explains how Jack Wilshere has already had big impact at Bournemouth

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Jack Wilshere's Bournemouth career to date extends only to 45 minutes of action during a friendly against AC Milan on Saturday.

However, according to his new manager, Eddie Howe, the Arsenal loanee has already had a big impact on his new team without yet kicking a meaningful ball.

Speaking this weekend in comments reported by The Mirror, Howe explained how Wilshere's mere reputation and aura has had the rest of the Bournemouth squad acting differently in recent days.


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“I hoped the signing and the high profile nature of the signing will give the lads that confidence that having a player like Jack Wilshere in your squad can give," Howe said.

"I have seen a difference in our players and certainly standing next to them in the tunnel with the team can only inspire belief and confidence in the group.

“Hopefully it will inspire us to be better coaches to our players and it will inspire the players onto another level.”

Although Wilshere's reputation may have taken a hit after several seasons ruined by injury, Howe's comments show how much respect he still has within the game.

The fact that he is already making his new teammates sit up and take notice without having actually played a competitive game for Bournemouth shows the potential he has to make the loan move a success.

If the England midfielder can regain top form and inspire Bournemouth to some impressive results along the way then it will only improve his chances of securing a long-term future at Arsenal.

Back at the Emirates, Wilshere was simply a relatively big name in a squad full of World Cup winners and top level talent.

Now at Bournemouth, he is undoubtedly the star of the team and will be expected to lead by example.

It is an interesting role for the 24-year-old over the next few months and Arsenal fans will be looking on with interest to see how he gets on on the south coast.

Reacting to his performance against Milan over the weekend, Howe admitted there is a lot of potential already.

“We saw the potential of the team with him in it and there will hopefully be some exciting times ahead and he can provide that link between our midfield and attack which we desperately need.

“He has a creative eye, which anyone who has seen Arsenal down the years will know how good he is with his decision making in those areas."

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