I didn’t follow the Bolton games last season and couldn’t really see how Wilshere had played for them. Obviously, Coyle was highly impressed by the youngster and started him in most games so that says a lot.
It is interesting to get a first hand glimpse of how the youngster fared and if you’ve missed those games, the following compilations will give a good idea. I thought he was outstanding (as outstanding as a Bolton player can be!) against United. If you don’t have the time to watch all the videos just watch the one against Fergie’s boys.
I think Wilshere is almost there. His performances for Bolton show he is a good Premier League player already and just needs some fine tuning to become a real star.
In these videos I was particularly impressed by his physical strength and the ability to dominate the area of the pitch he was on. We can also see good close control, neat turns and runs, some lovely through balls, and accurate set-piece delivery.
From a defensive point of view we can see that Wilshere covers a lot of ground, tracks back on the wings, isn’t afraid to slide in (had some interesting duels with Mikel and other ‘big’ players in the Chelsea squad), and generally offers an outlet for defenders to play the ball.
I have to put in a word of caution here. These are just highlights and mostly cover the best moments but we can still see some mistakes and areas of improvement in these compilations. I also feel he had a lot of work to do on his shooting skills. Nonetheless, we have a real gem on our hands and he just needs some finishing touches.
Against United, probably his best game in a Bolton shirt.