Wilshere has ‘lowered himself’ by joining Bournemouth – Scholes

Date published: Saturday 3rd September 2016 11:10

Jack Wilshere: Bournemouth loan a huge surprise

Paul Scholes has criticised Jack Wilshere for joining Bournemouth instead of Roma, saying has “set his sights too low”.

Wilshere completed a shock loan move to Bournemouth ahead of the transfer deadline on Wednesday, rejecting reported interest from Crystal Palace, AC Milan and Roma to move to the south coast.

The midfielder sought to leave Arsenal on a temporary basis in order to play first-team football, and was persuaded by Eddie Howe to link up with the Cherries.

Our article on the Deadline Day movers named him as one of five players given a much-needed kick up the ****.

But outspoken former Manchester United midfielder Scholes believes Wilshere made the wrong choice by staying in the Premier League.

“I would have liked to have seen him, if he did have to leave Arsenal, go to a big club like Roma,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.

“Get some experience abroad, I think that would have been great for him and would have been great for the England team as well.

“Just because he is going to Bournemouth, doesn’t mean he is going to play all the time.

“He has to perform whatever club you are at, whether you are at Bournemouth, Arsenal, Man United or Roma.

“You still have to perform to play first team football. I’m sure there are other players at Bournemouth who are saying ‘I’m going to be playing instead of Jack – I want his place’.

“It always comes back to whether he is fit. I don’t know how his ankles are – I know he struggles with them.

“If he stays fit then there is no doubt he is the top player there. But he should be playing for a top three or four club in England and that is what he should be aiming for. I just worry a little that he has set his sights too low.”

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