After receiving manager Arsene Wenger’s consent to go out on loan for the rest of the season, young midfielder Jack Wilshere made his debut for temporary employers Bolton Wanders on Tuesday night in the 2-nil away defeat at Manchester City.
For some time new Wenger has stressed the while Wilshere has the potential to be a star of the future in the Dennis Bergkamp role, right now the teenager is still in his development stage. That assessment shone through in Wilshere’s display for the Trotters, as the England youth international showed some nice touches in an overall positive performance, without actually doing too much to set the match on fire.
Undoubtedly, Bolton’s lack of cutting edge cannot be shouldered on Wilshere alone, while in fact the youngster who always plays with his head up tried admirably to pull some strings from his position on the left hand side of the Bolton’s midfield.
Of particular note was Wilshere’s link up play with forward Johan Elmander, as time after time the Arsenal loanee threaded passes up to his forward only to see the attacks fizzle out through no fault of his own. And when Wilshere wasn’t trying to orchestrate attacks, he was found picking up the ball off his back four and pinging passes around the pitch as he took on the responsibility to keep the ball ticking over in midfield.
When it came to goal-scoring opportunities, twice the ball fell to Wilshere’s weaker right-foot and twice he struck tame efforts on Shay Given’s goal.
Wilshere’s stand-out moment arrived in the second half when, showing his quick brain and even quicker feet, the number 23 flicked a ball around City enforcer Nigel de Jong, leaving the Dutchman helpless and forced into a foul as the teenager ran rings around the seasoned-pro.
Highlights of Jack Wilshere’s Bolton debut can be seen here.