SIRIKI Dembele is unfazed by the step up from the Championship to the Premier League, with the tricky winger believing he can be a surprise package in the top-flight.

The 25-year-old has risen through the Football League, starting in League Two with Grimsby, before rising up to League One and the Championship with Peterborough.

It has been an unconventional path to the top, with Dembele spending time in Scotland before joining the Nike Academy.

Cherries swooped to bring the attacker to the south coast on deadline day last January, paying out a fee rumoured to be around the £1.5 million mark.

Dembele went on to make 13 appearances for Cherries last term, providing two goals and an assist to help his side earn promotion to the Prem.

Reflecting on the difference in standard he has encountered as he has worked his way up the pyramid, Dembele told the Daily Echo: “To be honest, personally football doesn’t change.

“I think obviously the level is different, but football is football at the end of the day.

“You will always do what you can do and do it to the best of your ability and to give yourself the best chance possible.

" I feel like it gets easier and easier the higher you go. I think in the Prem, it will be good.”