Sport Lerma not ready for Premier League debut - Howe

15:06  10 august  2018
15:06  10 august  2018 Source:   goal.com

Bournemouth break club-record for Colombia international Lerma

  Bournemouth break club-record for Colombia international Lerma Colombia international Jefferson Lerma has signed a five-year deal with Bournemouth, who have paid a club-record fee to sign the midfielder.Bournemouth have broken the club's transfer record to sign Jefferson Lerma from Levante.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes Jefferson Lerma will be suited to the Premier League . The Colombian midfielder completed a move from Levante on Tuesday, believed to be worth a club-record £25m. And Howe thinks the 23-year-old will be worth every penny.

Premier League Debut Match. Eddie Howe has been a Premier League manager since the 2015/16 season after guiding AFC Bournemouth to promotion in the previous campaign.

Jefferson Lerma: Bournemouth's new signing Jefferson Lerma © Provided by Goal Bournemouth's new signing Jefferson Lerma

Jefferson Lerma is not ready to make his Premier League debut for Bournemouth, says manager Eddie Howe.

Colombia international Lerma became the club's record signing when Bournemouth paid a reported £25million to sign the midfielder from Levante.

But the 23-year-old, who signed a five-year deal, will take time to get up to speed at his new club.

"Jefferson is not being considered at this stage," Howe told reporters ahead of Saturday's Premier League opener against Cardiff City.

"There will be other players involved in the World Cup who won't play this weekend. We need to make sure that when Jefferson steps on the pitch he's absolutely ready to perform at the top level.

Bournemouth break transfer record to land £25m Lerma

  Bournemouth break transfer record to land £25m Lerma The Colombia international has penned a five-year contract with the Cherries, who have paid a club-record transfer fee to sign the midfielderBournemouth have broken the club's transfer record to sign Jefferson Lerma from Levante.

AFC Bournemouth have announced the club-record signing of Jefferson Lerma from Levante. Lerma joins AFC Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee on a five-year contract. Eddie Howe ’s side begin their new Premier League campaign at home to Cardiff City on Saturday.

Leicester City won the Premier League in the incredible 2015/16 campaign. A total of 49 clubs have played in the Premier League , with Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town making that debuts in the competition on Saturday 12 August.

"He's had one training session with us and has come to us on the back of not training after the World Cup, so we'll need to build his fitness up as he acclimatises with the squad.

"There may be a period of time where fans don't see him but he's one we're very much looking forward to having here with us."

Harry Arter is ineligible to face Bournemouth on Saturday after joining Cardiff on loan in a deadline-day deal, the Republic of Ireland midfielder leaving the Cherries after eight years.

"It was very difficult," Howe said. "Harry's journey optimises that of the club, where he came from working his way up the leagues in an impressive way with the will and desire to succeed. I can't speak highly enough of him.

"The difficulty was that he wanted to play and we felt that we needed to keep him playing. With that in mind we reluctantly agreed to let him go."

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