Cherries new boy expecting tough start
Chris Mepham expects Premier League football with Bournemouth will prove to be "10 times harder" than the Championship.
Centre-back Mepham completed a £12million move from Brentford on Tuesday and is vying for a place in the team to face Chelsea next Wednesday evening.
The 21-year-old could come up against striker Gonzalo Higuain at the Vitality Stadium after the Argentinian completed a loan switch to Stamford Bridge.
Wales international Mepham is relishing the prospect of testing himself against the division's top marksmen, with Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero among his possible opponents before the end of the season.
"Since I was a little boy, my dream was to play in the Premier League, and I think there's no better way than to showcase it against those top players and see what you're at," he said. "I know it's going to be very hard.
"Playing in the Championship, you come across some very good strikers, I'd imagine the step up to the Premier League's going to be 10 times harder.
"It's something I need to work hard towards but I'd love playing against people like that every week."
Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.