In the recently concluded Premier League season, Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser were probably the two standout players at Bournemouth.
The duo formed quite the formidable attack, scoring and creating goals to keep the Cherries away from the relegation zone.
But as well as the England forward and Scottish winger, Jefferson Lerma also performed at a very high level and has since spoken about how pleased he is with how his first season in English football has gone.
“It’s very different to Colombia and Spain. English football is more direct. You always have the chance to come back, even if you’re losing 3-0 and everything is very evenly matched,” the 24-year-old was quoted as saying by the Daily Echo.
“English is something I must learn gradually, but football’s language is universal. Through hard work and following the coach’s instructions, I feel I have done a great job this season, knowing very little English.”
When it has come to shielding Bournemouth’s defence and trying to get attacks going, a great job is exactly what Lerma has done. With his tackling and desire to win the ball back, the Colombian has protected his team-mates well before playing progressive passes.
At times, Lerma has looked a bit naive and overzealous with his challenges. But that is to be expected of a young defensive midfielder adapting to a new division. Other than that, the Colombia international has been close to perfect and looks as if he can go up another level next term.
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