Adjustment period needed for Mepham

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Chris Mepham says it has taken time to adapt to life in the Premier League but expects to make major strides next season.

Chris Mepham says it has taken time to adapt to life in the Premier League but expects to make major strides next season.

The Wales international made the switch to the south coast from Brentford in the January transfer window in a deal understood to be worth £12million and was immediately thrown straight into the mix.

Injuries to Steve Cook and Simon Francis meant boss Eddie Howe had to throw the 21-year-old in at the deep end and he went on a run of 11 consecutive Premier League starts before his streak was ended in April after being substituted in the first half of the 3-3 draw with Southampton.

Mepham eventually ended the 2018/19 season with 13 top flight appearances to his name and he is hopeful of being a regular fixture in the Bournemouth team next season.

However, the defender admits he is still going through a period of adjustment following the step up from the Championship but is hopeful a full pre-season will pay dividends.

Mepham told the Daily Echo: ‘I think it’s going to take time.

I think it’ll be good next year to have a full pre-season with the team, get match fit and get the game time that I need.

‘Obviously joining halfway through the season is always a bit difficult, but I think next season once I’ve had a pre-season with the team, hopefully I can kick on because I’ll be keen to do so.’

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