Brentford defender, Chris Mepham continues to draw the attention of AFC Bournemouth, according to Alan Nixon. At the young age of twenty, he made his mark in Brentford during the Championship. He has also been a consistent starter for the Wales national team since his debut in March. Brentford holds on strong to the centre-back despite the continuous efforts of AFC Bournemouth to acquire him.
As a player, he has had his fair share of rejection. He began his football career at the prominent Chelsea team but was released at 14 by the London side. Chris Mepham was also rejected by QPR and Watford, before finally finding his place, and signing for Brentford in 2012.
His rise began with the team, climbing through the youth ranks at Griffin Park to become a key player for the team, before entering their first-team plans. He made his dashing debut for the Bees in an FA Cup away win at the non-league side Eastleigh in January 2017. Mepham was awarded Brentford B Team Player of the Year for the 2016/17 season. After the senior side sold Harlee Dean to Birmingham city, he was promoted to the first-team.
Bournemouth’s continued interest in Mepham is unsurprising and may be aligned with the manager, Eddie Howe’s strategy for the future, regarding cultivating promising young talent for his team.
After obtaining David Brooks from Sheffield United in the summer, their next target could just be Chris Mepham. Will this be his opportunity to rise yet again, into the Premier League?