Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe talks up new boy Emerson Hyndman

Fulham's Emerson Hyndman

The 20-year-old American midfielder joined the club on a four-year deal earlier this month after his contract with Fulham expired.

Fulham's Emerson Hyndman

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has told the Bournemouth Echo that he expects new signing Emerson Hyndman to adapt quickly to life at the Vitality Stadium.

Hyndman, 20, joined Bournemouth from Fulham earlier this month on a four-year deal after his contract at Craven Cottage expired, with a compensation package agreed between the two sides due to his age.

The highly-rated American midfielder saw limited playing time in the Championship last season after revealing at the start of the campaign that he did not intend to sign a new deal, but Howe believes he will have few problems making the set up to the Premier League.

Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert and Fulham’s Emerson Hyndman in action

Some big clubs had been linked with his signature over recent months, including Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United [h/t ESPN FC], and the Cherries boss sees that as a testament to his immense promise.

"He is very good technically and played for Fulham at the end of last season, where he did very well for them after getting his breakthrough," Howe told the Bournemouth Echo about Hyndman. "He is a player of huge potential who we see coming in and developing under us and, hopefully, having a big future with the club.

"No doubt he had other options and I know he was linked with other clubs, as he is a talented young player who is highly thought of in the game. Hopefully, he sees us as a progressive and ambitious club which prides itself on improving and developing players and that tipped the balance in our favour.

"There is always an adapting period for any player but, with Emerson’s attributes, we anticipate he will settle in quickly with us. I think he has the basics to perform well in our midfield. He is a very good ball receiver, he has a good array of passes and he has a great attitude to the game."

USA's Emerson Hyndman in action with England's Ruben Loftus Cheek

Hyndman, who is the grandson of former FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman, joined Fulham from the MLS club in 2011 and went on to feature 28 times for the Cottagers after earning his first-team debut in August 2014, scoring once.

Widely, considered one of the USA’s top talents, the Texas native has already earned two senior international caps and captained the Under-20s to the World Cup quarter-finals in New Zealand last summer.

He subsequently struggled to break into the Fulham side last season, only making his first appearances of the campaign in December, but the diminutive midfielder managed to impress on the rare occasions he was called into action.

"He's probably one of the more talented players,” manager Slavisa Jokanovic told Sky Sports in April after seeing Hyndman celebrate his birthday by scoring a last-gasp winner in a 2-1 victory over Cardiff City at Craven Cottage.

“I am little bit disappointed with myself that I haven't found more minutes for him this season. He probably needs to be a little bit stronger for the Championship, but he's a young guy and he will be a very good footballer for us.”

Having ultimately failed to convince Hyndman to stay in west London, though, Jokanovic’s loss could prove to be Howe’s gain.

Fulham's Emerson Hyndman (C) in action with Leeds United's Souleymane Doukara and Leeds United's Adryan (R)

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