It would be fair to say that Brentford defender Chris Mepham has had something of a breakthrough season at Griffin Park. The 20-year-old has emerged as a regular in the Bees side this term and has also made his international debut for Wales back in March.
Such a brilliant season has even seen him catch the eye of Premier League admirers. Bournemouth are clearly big fans. As reported by Wales Online, the Cherries made a £6.5 million approach to sign the defender in the winter after being so impressed with his form at Brentford.
Mepham certainly looks like a future star and one who could someday soon be playing in the Premier League.
Which will certainly not be welcome news as far as Watford and QPR are concerned. Because both clubs had the opportunity to sign the defender.
As reported by The Guardian in an interview with the player, Mepham was turned away by both Watford and the club he supported as a boy QPR after his release from the Chelsea academy. He was battling with the likes of Jake Clarke-Salter and Fikayo Tomori at Chelsea so the release was no surprise.
Watford was a harsher moment. He spent six weeks on trial with the Hornets before they decided he was not good enough and QPR were brutal in the way they turned him away. Now, Mepham has become one of the Championships most wanted defenders.
Watford will be disappointed they missed out on such a talent, but it will hurt more for QPR. Struggling to find their ground in the Championship bringing through young players has to be a key target for them to continue thriving. Watford are in a place of privilege where they could easily go and buy Mepham now, should they wish to rectify their previous mistake.
Losing out on a player like Mepham because of poor decision making must hurt now, especially as he is now making waves with a West London rival.
Mepham must continue to grow at Brentford and hope he can eventually find his way into the Premier League.
If he does, Watford and QPR will be left to wonder what he might have done had they given him the chance to succeed.