15th July 2016. By Edward Stratmann.

After rising through the ranks of Le Havre's prestigious youth academy, which he joined in 2006 as a 10-year-old, all it took was one full season of professional football for Lys Mousset to earn himself a transfer to the Premier League.

Having done their due diligence on the French sensation, Bournemouth's astute acquisition of Mousset from under the noses of the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Europa League kings Sevilla is a testament to the club's exciting, youth friendly project under Eddie Howe.

After bagging 14 goals and three assists in 29 matches for the Ligue 2 outfit, the 20-year-old inherently attracted plenty of interest, but the Cherries' offer appealed to him most. "I think that I will adapt quickly. At Bournemouth, there is a desire for me to progress," stated Mousset.

"I have been told that they are going to make me work. It is a project that I liked. I felt a lot of confidence and respect for me and my family. I had a fair amount of offers, from Torino, CSKA Moscow, Tottenham, Sevilla but I choose Bournemouth as they are a club that are rising in terms of strength and that wanted to progress."

Although he would've loved to have left the club who had been so instrumental in his development with promotion to Ligue 1, it cruelly wasn't to be. With Le Havre finishing level on points with FC Metz and equal on goal difference, Metz were promoted due to their superior goalscoring record - Metz had 54 and Le Havre had 52. It was indeed a heartbreaking way for the club and its players to finish their grueling season.

"I am very happy to arrive in England but I am sad because I did not leave on a good note. I would have liked to have left Le Havre in Ligue 1. It all came down to one goal," recalled Mousset on the demoralising situation.

Widely recognised as one of the finest youth setups in Europe, Mousset owes plenty to the Sky and Navy's for moulding him into the multifaceted dynamo he's become. The club, who famously also brought through Dimitri Payet and the current EPL Player of the Season, Riyad Mahrez, have nurtured his talent brilliantly. Mousser's technical qualities, intelligent movement and nifty positioning serve as a glowing tribute to that. Upon parlaying this with his scintillating pace, tremendous strength and aerial prowess it's clear what a well rounded attacker he is.

It's little wonder why Bournemouth chief executive, Neill Blake, is absolutely over the moon with the arrival of Mousset. "Lys is another player with great potential that we are delighted to bring to the football club," he told Bournemouth's official website.

"We're always planning for the future and Lys is not only a young player with exciting potential, but someone who had a massive impact for their club last season."

While Mousset operated predominantly as a centre forward last term, he's also comfortable playing out on the wings. The mercurial talent's dangerous set of attributes should make him a real force to be reckoned with. Although he'll probably have to be content coming on as a substitute to begin with, his speedy, well timed runs in behind and his ability to beat his man should see the instinctive attacker be a massive weapon against tiring defenders. In addition, his deadly finishing should ensure the two footed striker takes his chances when they're presented to him.

When former USA manager, Bob Bradley, took over the managerial reigns at Le Havre in November, Mousset had been used sparingly. But Bradley's faith in the prodigy saw him subsequently flourish as a result of his willingness to utilise his talents. Expect Howe, a master in working with young players, to place his complete trust in him too.

Costing just £5.4 million, Mousset is a masterful addition to the Bournemouth squad, not just for now, but especially for the future.

At just 20, Mousset definitely possesses all the raw ingredients needed to become a top class player. Already being so advanced in a technical and physical sense should ensure a relatively smooth transition into the rigours of the Premier League for the French U20 international.

Mousset can't wait to test himself at the highest level too, explaining: "I am very happy. The Premier League, it is the division that I have dreamt about ever since I was little.

"I love the game, the impact, the intensity. The last-placed team can beat the first-placed team. I cannot wait to discover all of that."

"I want to play, to start. Aside from that, I am not going to fix myself a number of goals that I want to score. What I can tell you, is that I really cannot wait to start."

His dreams are set to become a reality when the Cherries host Jose Mourinho's Manchester United in their colossal season opener on August 14.

The stage is well and truly set for Mousset to make a dream EPL debut.

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