Loan watch: Wilshere impresses for Bournemouth as they lose 9-goal thriller at Everton

Jack Wilshere performed well again but ended up on the losing side as Bournemouth recorded their 12th loss of the Premier League campaign during a nine-goal thriller at Goodison Park.

Romelu Lukaku broke the deadlock for Everton after just 31 seconds in a quick-fire move in what was an exciting match.

Goals from James McCarthy and a second for Belgian forward gave the Toffees a comfortable lead at the interval. To Bournemouth’s credit, they refused to lie down and created a few chances of their own in the second-half.

GOODISON PARK, LIVERPOOL – FEBRUARY 04: James McCarthy of Everton makes a pass as Bournemouth’s Jack Wilshere closes him down. (Photo by David Blunsden / Action Plus via Getty Images)
Wilshere was constantly looking for opportunities to get the ball at his feet. After calling for it, he made a quick signal to Joshua King to run. The 25-year-old Norwegian keenly obliged and Wilshere lofted a great ball into his path, allowing him to control the ball and flick it past a helpless Joel Robles in a flash.

The delivery itself split Williams and Funes Mori – they could only watch as King latched onto the pass The goal sparked hopes of a possible comeback from the visitors.

King completed his brace with a finish from close-range before Lukaku responded in perfect fashion with two more strikes of his own. This killed off the match at 5-2 with just minutes remaining.

Harry Arter’s scrappy finish gave the travelling supporters something else to celebrate. Minutes later, Ross Barkley put the icing on the cake with a well-taken finish from close-range in stoppage time.

Jack tried his utmost to make things happen. He wasn’t getting enough of the ball to influence the game more than he did. Everton raced into a comfortable lead and Bournemouth were chasing Everton for large periods meaning Wilshere had to be more defensive-minded.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 04: Jack Wilshere of AFC Bournemouth (L) and Ademola Lookman of Everton (R) battle for possession during the Premier League match between Everton and AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park on February 4, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Wilshere’s individual match statistics:

  • Three shots, one on target
  • Four key passes
  • Three completed tackles, one interception
  • 80.8% pass accuracy, 69 touches

Stats’ source: WhoScored

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