Jefferson Lerma

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Jefferson Lerma
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Lerma with AFC Bournemouth in 2018
Personal information
Full name Jefferson Andrés Lerma Solís[1]
Date of birth (1994-10-25) 25 October 1994 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth El Cerrito, Colombia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[3]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
AFC Bournemouth
Number 8
Youth career
Atlético Huila
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Atlético Huila 84 (6)
2015–2016Levante (loan) 33 (1)
2016–2018 Levante 56 (2)
2018– AFC Bournemouth 123 (6)
National team
2016 Colombia Olympic 5 (0)
2017– Colombia 26 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 November 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2021 (UTC)

Jefferson Andrés Lerma Solís (born 25 October 1994) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for EFL Championship club AFC Bournemouth and the Colombia national team. He has also been used as a defensive midfielder and as a right-back.

Club career[edit]

Atlético Huila[edit]

Born in El Cerrito, Valle del Cauca, Lerma graduated with Atlético Huila's youth setup. After being promoted to the main squad in January 2013, he made his professional debut on 30 March, starting in a 0–0 home draw against Millonarios.[4]

Lerma appeared in 20 matches during his first professional season, as his side finished 13th. He scored his first professional goals on 6 February 2014, scored two goals in a 3–1 home success over Fortaleza, the first of which was the club's 1,000th.[5]

Levante[edit]

On 13 August 2015, Lerma moved abroad for the first time in his career, agreeing to a one-year loan contract with La Liga club Levante.[6] He made his debut later that month, replacing Nabil Ghilas in a 0–0 away draw to Las Palmas.[7][8]

Lerma scored his first goal in the main category of Spanish football on 7 December 2015, scoring the match's first goal in a 1–1 away draw with Espanyol. After appearing in 25 matches for the club, he signed a four-year contract effective 1 July 2016 for a €600,000 transfer fee.[9]

AFC Bournemouth[edit]

On 7 August 2018, Lerma joined Premier League club AFC Bournemouth for a club record transfer fee of €30 million.[10] On 1 September, he made his debut for Bournemouth playing 88 minutes in a 2–0 loss against Chelsea.[11] Lerma scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 defeat against Newcastle United on 10 November 2018.[12] He scored on the final day of his first season at the club in a 5–3 defeat away to Crystal Palace.[13] Lerma established himself as a fan favourite player, due to his tough-tackling, no-nonsense style of play, as well as an important part of the Bournemouth team during his first season in the Premier League; making a total of 32 appearances across all competitions and scoring two goals in the league.

On 29 February 2020, he scored his third goal for the club in a 2–2 home draw against Chelsea, meeting a Ryan Fraser corner with his head to make the score 1–1.[14] In December 2020, Lerma was charged with a biting offence relating to an act of violent conduct during a game against Sheffield Wednesday on 3 November 2020.[15]

International career[edit]

Lerma made his debut for Colombia on 10 November 2017, coming on late for Stefan Medina in a 1–2 defeat to South Korea.[16][17]

In June 2018, he was named to Colombia's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[18]

On 13 October 2020, Lerma scored his first goal in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification fixture over Chile, which ended 2–2.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 23 October 2021[20]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético Huila 2013 Categoría Primera A 24 0 2 0 26 0
2014 Categoría Primera A 37 4 7 1 44 5
2015 Categoría Primera A 23 2 0 0 23 2
Total 84 6 9 1 93 7
Levante (loan) 2015–16 La Liga 33 1 1 0 34 1
Levante 2016–17 Segunda División 30 2 1 0 31 2
2017–18 La Liga 26 0 2 0 28 0
Total 89 3 4 0 93 3
AFC Bournemouth 2018–19 Premier League 30 2 0 0 2 0 32 2
2019–20 Premier League 33 1 0 0 0 0 33 1
2020–21 Championship 42 3 3 0 1 0 2[a] 0 48 3
2021–22 Championship 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Total 115 6 3 0 3 0 2 0 123 6
Career total 288 15 16 1 3 0 2 0 309 16
  1. ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs

International[edit]

As of match played 10 October 2021[17]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Colombia 2017 2 0
2018 7 0
2019 10 0
2020 4 1
2021 3 0
Total 26 1
List of international goals scored by Jefferson Lerma
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 13 October 2020 Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago, Chile 21  Chile 1–0 2–2 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Acta del Partido celebrado el 13 de mayo de 2018, en Valencia" [Minutes of the Match held on 13 May 2019, in Valencia] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Jefferson Lerma: Overview". ESPN. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Jefferson Lerma". AFC Bournemouth. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Huila y Millonarios no levantaron su juego y por eso empataron 0–0" [Huila and Millonarios did not bring their game up and drew 0–0]. FutbolRed (in Spanish). 31 March 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Huila gana a Fortaleza y llega al gol no. 1000" [Huila defeats Fortaleza and reaches the goal no. 1000] (in Spanish). Atlético Huila. 6 February 2014. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Jefferson Lerma, nuevo jugador del Levante" [Jefferson Lerma, new Levante player] (in Spanish). Atlético Huila. 13 August 2015. Archived from the original on 17 August 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Las palmas no puede romper el cerrojo" [Las Palmas cannot break the deadlock]. Marca (in Spanish). 30 August 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  8. ^ Jefferson Lerma Archived 16 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine. rio2016.com
  9. ^ "Lerma suma 25 partidos y será ´granota´ hasta 2020" [Lerma reaches 25 matches and will be granota until 2020]. Levante-EMV (in Spanish). 20 March 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Lerma Signs In Club Record Deal". AFC Bournemouth. 7 August 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Chelsea beat Bournemouth 2–0 to extend 100% start in Premier League". 1 September 2018 – via www.bbc.com.
  12. ^ "Newcastle 2–1 Bournemouth: Rondon scores twice as Newcastle record successive league wins". 10 November 2018 – via www.bbc.com.
  13. ^ "Crystal Palace 5–3 Bournemouth". BBC Sport. 12 May 2019. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  14. ^ "AFC Bournemouth 2–2 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 29 February 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ "Selección Colombia perdió amistoso contra Corea del Sur". RCN Radio (in Spanish). 10 November 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  17. ^ a b "Jefferson Lerma". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  18. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad – Final 23-man lists". Goal.com.
  19. ^ a b "¡Tigre de nuestra vida! Falcao le dio un agónico empate a la Selección Colombia frente a Chile". El País (in Spanish). 13 October 2020. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  20. ^ Jefferson Lerma at Soccerway

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