Scouting Report – How is Jack Wilshere progressing at the Reebok?

Bolton Wanderers on loan Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is beginning to enjoy life at the Reebok Stadium.

The young Arsenal sensation has begun to impress for Bolton Wanderers under manager Owen Coyle. Despite Bolton’s indifferent form, a 4-0 victory over Wigan after a 4-0 smashing by Sunderland for example. Wilshire has come into much praise for his performances. The young Gunner made his debut against Manchester City at Eastlands on the 9th February and despite reports of a comfortable 2-0 victory for the Manchester side, for seventy odd minutes Bolton matched Roberto Mancini’s team. Jack Wilshere and the young South Korean Lee Chung-Yong matched everything Manchester City’s expensive midfield had. If Bolton acquired better striking options than Johan Elmander and Kevin Davies the score line could have been very different.

Bolton Wanderers full back Paul Robinson was particularly happy with Wilshere’s debut. He told local paper the Lancashire Telegraph ‘For a young lad he shows an older head on him. Sometimes when you say stuff he automatically clicks into the position he should be, and other times you don’t have to say a word.’ The Arsenal teen then continued on from his impressive debut by having another good game in the 1-0 victory over relegation rivals Wolves. Manager Owen Coyle told Sky Sports ‘He covered every blade of grass as well. Of course he has stuff to learn. That is why he is not a first- team regular at Arsenal. But that is not a disgrace.’

Upon Jack Wilshere’s loan move to Bolton Wanderers there was an air of optimism as to how the Arsenal youth product would play in the Premier League. Jack Wilshere has been tipped for the top and at just 18 yrs of age, he bears a lot of weight on his shoulders. The fact that he has a continental neatness to his game that many an Englishman lack creates an even bigger burden. Its’ been a curse of our game for many a year with only Wayne Rooney and Joe Cole coming through the system with world class technique in recent times. Worries over the ‘rough em up’ mentality that has been employed at Bolton for a number of years would not suit Wilshere’s play been grossly misplaced. Owen Coyle has come in and is attempting to change the way Bolton play, sometimes it clicks and sometimes it doesn’t, hence their recent Wigan Athletic style form, the sublime to the shocking within the space of a few days. It will take time for consistency to take hold, but Wilshere is thriving.

His goal against West Ham was a just reward for his recent form. A beautifully taken volley against two onrushing players earned his side a vital three points in a tight relegation battle. Wilshere is clearly beginning to settle into playing for a Premiership side. Whilst Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is known to meticulously choose clubs which his young players can go on loan to. This has looked a wise decision all rounds for Arsenal, Bolton and Wilshere himself.

No matter who one supports, I think we can all agree that Jack Wilshere is a player we all want to progress to the level it looks he can achieve. A future England international? At 18yrs of age and his performances so far in a relegation battle, it is looking like a distinctive possibility.

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