Cherries boss Howe hails Wilshere influence

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has praised the influence of on-loan midfielder Jack Wilshere after he made his debut for the club against AC Milan.

The Cherries faced off against the European giants in a testimonial for club-legend Warren Cummings, and Wilshere's display in the number ten role earned praise from Howe.

Despite the promise the midfielder has shown in his first 45 minutes for the club since joining from Arsenal on transfer deadline day, his new manager is more impressed at how his new teammates have reacted to his arrival.

"Jack Wilshere also came in and did very well," he said after the game. "I thought he showed his technical quality in and around the box.

"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.

"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," the 38-year-old added.

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

The England international will now be targeting his first start in the league for the Cherries when Bournemouth host West Brom in the Premier League next Saturday.