Former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes believes that Jack Wilshere should have gone outside of England for his loan move instead of going to Bournemouth.
Wilshere’s loan deal with the Cherries was finalized on transfer deadline day, and sees him leave Arsenal and London and head down south to Bournemouth. With reports that Wilshere opted to stay in England instead of joining Italian sides AC Milan and AS Roma, Scholes thinks the 24-year-old midfielder made a mistake.
“I would have liked to have seen him, if he did have to leave Arsenal, go to a big club like Roma,” Scholes told Sky Sports.
“Get some experience abroad, I think that would have been great for him and would have been great for the England team as well.”
The main reason behind the move from Arsenal’s standpoint, was the ensure that Wilshere gets playing time after missing most of last season due to injury. Scholes thinks that Wilshere has set his sights too low by joining Bournemouth who finished 16th last season as newcomers.
“Just because he is going to Bournemouth, doesn’t mean he is going to play all the time,” Scholes said.
“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.”