• Dan Tracey


When you look at Jack Wilshere’s career, you can only stop and think what might have been and with the former England midfielder being plagued by injuries, it is no surprise that he has spent so much time in the footballing wilderness.

Jack Wilshere

A situation that came about after being released by West Ham last October and although the 29-year-old found himself sitting at home over the busy festive period, there is at least reason for some cheer at the turn of the year.

That’s because the player who burst onto the scene with Arsenal in 2008, has now returned to Bournemouth in 2021 and although it is only a short-term deal for now, it might just be the platform that the midfielder needs.

Because even though he spent 10 seasons at the Emirates, the number of total league appearances per campaign, tells a much different story and with only four of those seeing 20 or more showings, you get a better idea of just how stop start his career has been.

A career, that has taken him to the South Coast before and after spending the whole of the 2016/17 season at the Vitality Stadium, he played a substantial part in Bournemouth staying clear of any relegation threat.

While after getting a healthy number of minutes under his belt for Bournemouth, the hope, if not the expectation, would have been for Wilshere to show once again his worth in the middle of the park for Arsenal.

Something that when looking at the 2017/18 Premier League season, was largely achieved and with 20 appearances for Arsenal, many felt that Wilshere had finally got the better of his injury misfortune.

Then again, the man who needed to be convinced the most was then manager Arsene Wenger and with Wilshere’s contract coming to an end that season, the love affair between player and club was one that finally come to an end.

However, even with such bad luck regarding his fitness, this was a man in demand and with a stay in the capital perhaps the biggest appeal, West Ham offered him the almost perfect platform in which to find his rejuvenate his career.

Of course, with such a history of enforced absence, that is not something that can be left behind and after a miserable tenure at the London Stadium, the West Ham board felt best to pay up what was left on his rather hefty contract.

Fast forward to the present day and Wilshere will return to a club where he savoured some of his better times in recent memories and if (albeit this is a big if) he can stay healthy for a lengthy run of games; he could be a catalyst to Bournemouth’s promotion hopes.

The Dorset outfit are aiming to return to the top flight at the first time of asking and with the Cherries currently finding themselves third at the time of writing, the return of a player who could still be considered Premier League quality, can only be considered a rather huge coup.

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