On-loan Arsenal midfielder, Jack Wilshere, has been told he will have to bide his time before getting a full 90 minutes under his belt at Bournemouth.
The 24-year-old, who hit the bar on Saturday before being brought off in the 76th minute in the 1-0 win over Everton, is edging closer to his first full game in over two years, according to Eddie Howe.
“The way he played today he won’t be far away,” The Cherries manager said after Junior Stanilas’ goal gave his side their second win of the season.
“It’s not a big issue for Jack and it’s not a big issue for me because, obviously, if he plays like he did today he’s going to have massive impact on our season.
“He’ll play 90 minutes the day that he deserves 90 minutes or he can play 90 minutes,” he added.
The last time the England international played a full game was September 2014, when Southampton were 2-1 winners in the League Cup at The Emirates, and his new manager has made it clear that there are other things to consider before he gets his chance.
“At the moment I just want to manage his workload so that he stays fit. I think that’s really, really important for him and I think he recognises that and the most important thing isn’t Jack, it’s the team – and I have to make the decision that’s best for the team at all times.”
The Arsenal academy graduate, who left on Deadline Day, could get his chance to play a full 90 when the South Coast side travel to Watford on Saturday, but he will have one eye on the visit of Tottenham at the end of October, and will want to make sure he is fit for that.