David Brooks enjoyed a delightful debut season in the Premier League back in 2018/19. Having signed for Bournemouth from Sheffield United for a fee of around £10 million the Welsh winger provided five assist and scored seven goals in 30 games for the south coast side.
His composure on the ball was a treat to watch with his ability to receive on the right and cut inside on to his stronger left foot he showed an excellent ability to carry the ball, as well as make excellent defence splitting through balls. Brooks showed his flexibility by being used on both sides of the pitch as well as playing off of the centre forward.
His form with Sheffield United had helped him break in to the Welsh national side for his debut, called up by Chris Coleman, and while playing at Bournemouth he became a regular for Wales playing in Nations League matches and European Qualifiers.
Brook’s stock was high and interest was rife in the forward during this season and reports across British media, with top sides such as Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool linked with the Welsh International.
Unfortunately for the Welshman he missed almost a year of football after requiring ankle surgery during the summer of 2019. Unable to take the field for almost the entire season, Brooks was unable to help his Bournemouth side who eventually were relegated on the final day of the season, trailing Aston Villa by one point.
With Bournemouth back in the Championship in 2020/21 season, Brooks was able to return to the field and worked hard to ensure he was once again performing as one of the key players in the Cherries side. He managed 32 games, scoring five and assisting six, showing the strength of character and discipline to overcome a long period away from the field.
Brooks’s contract is set to expire in the summer of 2022, and with only a year left a number of clubs will once again be monitoring the forward. As part of the Wales squad for the European Championships, he will once again be able to show his ability at the highest level to fans and perspective suitors as well.
With Bournemouth resigned to another campaign in the second tier of English football following defeat to Brentford in the Play Offs, Brooks will need to consider his position. As will Bournemouth who will know that this summer may be the last chance to recoup some money for Brooks who would be eligible to leave for free next year.
Brooks will know his level is higher than the Championship and will be keen to improve and quite possibly deserves to be in a side competing for European places. Strong performances for Wales this summer will no doubt encourage concrete interest form Premier League sides and, depending on the suitors, we could ell be seeing David Brooks leave Bournemouth this summer.
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