Why Bournemouth have completed a brilliant deal for David Brooks
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth were only able to finish 12th in the league last season. The Cherries were far from the side they were in the 2016-17 campaign when they finished 9th.
Bournemouth were far too inconsistent this time, which ultimately cost them their season. The Cherries showed no real threat going forward and often looked blunt in the attack.
But Eddie Howe still has the support of his fellow club members, considering the manager is the main man behind their Premier League progress and success. The 40-year-old English manager should now bolster his squad before the start of the new season.
The Cherries are going to need to make additional signings in the attack if are to come back stronger next season and making a new signing is just what they have done.
Bournemouth have completed a deal for Sheffield United midfielder David Brooks for a reported fee of around £11.5million. The 20-year-old Welsh international has agreed to join the club on a four-year contract, which will keep him at the vitality stadium until 2022.
The youngster is technically very good, has immense potential and fits Bournemouth’s style of play. Brooks generally operates as an attacking midfielder but is also capable of playing a box-to-box role if required.
Brooks represented England at under-20 level but switched allegiances to Wales, as it was his mother’s origin. The midfielder won the first of his three senior caps in a friendly fixture against France last November.
The attacking midfielder made a total of 21 appearances in the Championship last season, scoring 3 goals and providing 4 assists in that time. His efforts helped Sheffield United to 10th place in the league.
The 20-year-old is good with the ball at his feet and possesses impressive close control. He is also a neat passer of the ball, averaging a pass success rate of 79.2% in the Championship last season. He is also excellent at taking set-pieces and could be the Cherries’ new number one for set-pieces
The youngster is very good at drawing fouls, which will give Bournemouth plenty of options in front of goal. Brooks’ pace and ability on the ball make it very hard for defenders to stop him and the only way is to get him down.
Eddie Howe has reportedly been watching the player for a while and would be glad to finally have the 20-year-old on board. Brooks could be a crucial player next season as Bournemouth bid for a higher finish to cement their place as one of the top-half teams.