Owen Coyle is convinced he has been given a future England international to work with in Jack Wilshere. Arsène Wenger is clearly a disciple of Coyle's brand of passing football, having initially signalled an intention to let Wilshere move to Burnley on loan last month before eventually doing a deal with Bolton after the Scot moved into the Reebok Stadium hot-seat.
Big things have been expected of Wilshere for quite some time, to the extent that, at one stage, he was tipped as a possible inclusion in Fabio Capello's World Cup squad.
That talk has been silenced somewhat over the past few weeks. But, on Tuesday night's evidence, when Wilshere turned in an eye-catching display in Bolton's 2-0 defeat at Manchester City, Coyle feels it is only a matter of time before the 18-year-old is pulling on the England shirt. "We are always saying we want the best young English players playing, so they can play for their national team," said Coyle. "In Jack Wilshere there is one for the future, no doubt a big future. He has such a fantastic level of composure, which all goes well, not just for us, but also for English football."
One aspect of the teenager's play in particular made Coyle smile as Wilshere went toe-to-toe with former Arsenal skipper Patrick Vieira in midfield. "There was obviously a height difference with Vieira but he went into a tackle with him after two minutes and set his marker down," Coyle enthused. "I was delighted with him. He covered every blade of grass and looked so accomplished on the ball."