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Journalist makes AFC Bournemouth transfer claim on defensive duo

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AFC Bournemouth pair Chris Mepham and Jack Stacey may seek a move away from the Vitality Stadium during the upcoming summer transfer window, according to Dorset Live’s Jacob Tanswell.

Mepham has found himself behind the likes of Gary Cahill, Lloyd Kelly and loanee Nat Phillips for much of the campaign despite being a regular Welsh international, making just 22 league appearances this season with many of those displays coming from the bench.

Zeno Ibsen Rossi is also set to return from his loan spell north of the border and with manager Scott Parker likely to have a reasonably-sized budget, a centre-back or two coming in is likely to push the Welshman further down the pecking order.

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Another man that may find himself surplus to requirements in the coming months is Jack Stacey who has been in competition with Adam Smith and Ethan Laird for a starting spot at different stages this term.

Appearing 25 times in the second tier this term, he has been a semi-regular player but may want to win more game time elsewhere if he wants to have the best chance of fulfilling his potential as he prepares to enter the peak of his playing career in the next couple of years.

Although both haven’t exactly been completely frozen out of the first team at the Vitality Stadium, journalist Tanswell believes the duo may request to seal moves away from the south coast this summer with their respective contracts expiring next year.

The Verdict:

For their sakes, surely it would be better for both players to move on at this stage because loan moves for Nat Phillips and Ethan Laird in January shows Parker wanted to bring new options into these positions.

And that may serve as a warning to the likes of Stacey and Mepham who would start every week for most second-tier sides – but didn’t for the Cherries because of their strength in depth and that’s one of the main reasons why they managed to win promotion.

Both could have the opportunity to appear occasionally in the top flight next season – but they will want to be playing as much as possible – especially Mepham who will want to put himself in contention for Wales’ potential World Cup campaign in Qatar later this year.

Even if Rob Page’s side fail in their quest to qualify for the competition, sitting on the bench on the south coast will be futile for his career and although a few severe injuries could be a game-changer for the duo, they can’t rely on that to happen.

If they can get loan moves away from the Vitality, that should be sufficient for now and it will enable them to put themselves in the shop window. Without them extending their contracts though, temporary moves away may not be sanctioned.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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