Mepham expecting Wilson to make his mark
Bournemouth defender Chris Mepham is confident Harry Wilson will soon find his feet at the Premier League club.
The 22-year-old decided to move south from Liverpool last week, as he completed a season-long loan move before the end of the summer transfer deadline. Wilson was wanted by a number of clubs in the Premier League and Championship after he impressed while on loan at Derby County last season.
Wilson scored 15 goals in 40 appearances for the Rams as he helped them reach the Championship play-off final, only to lose 2-1 to Aston Villa.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe decided to leave him on the bench for last weekend’s season-opener against Sheffield United as the Cherries were denied all three points by a late goal from Billy Sharp.
Mepham knows all about Wilson as a fellow Wales international and the pair have played together on three occasions. The former Brentford defender says Bournemouth’s style of play will suit him well and he is expecting a big campaign from the young playmaker.
He told the Daily Echo: “He’s a really good player. When he spoke to me saying he was thinking of coming down here, I couldn’t speak highly enough about the club and I think it will suit him really well.
“He’s a good ball player, likes to get on the ball, has got a sweet left foot and I think he’ll add real quality to our attacking options.”
The Liverpool academy graduate was one of five summer signings at the Vitality Stadium and he moved south along with Philip Billing, Jack Stacey, Lloyd Kelly and Arnaut Danjuma.
Danjuma will provide direct competition for Wilson on the wing, but Howe could be about to lose another wideman this summer.
Celtic are still able to sign players until September 2 and reports claim they want to bring in Jordon Ibe. The former Liverpool man has dropped down the pecking order in recent months due to the form of Ryan Fraser and Joshua King.
A loan deal appears to be the realistic option for both clubs, with Howe not looking to lose him on a permanent basis.
Bournemouth are set to bide their time over the deal, with Junior Stanislas and Danjuma currently injured. Celtic face competition for Ibe though, with Espanyol and Napoli both interested in his services.