David Brooks - A Budget Breakout Prodigy In A Time of COVID?

Is David Brooks really a viable Sancho alternative or squad player?

David Brooks has recently come under the limelight and has been trending on Twitter as reports coming in from various sources stated that Manchester United have serious interest in him, making with different factions having different views on him. Some believe we’ve cooled off our interest in Sancho and hence, looking at Brooks as an alternative, some believe we should sign him for squad depth, while some think we don’t need to sign him. Let’s have a proper look at him then.

Early Life

Brooks was a Citizen since the age of 7, before making a switch to the Sheffield United Academy in 2014. He made his first-team debut for the Blades in Aug’16 in a substitute appearance against Leicester City’s U-23’s in an EFL Trophy group stage match. Even though Brooks signed a contract extension with the Blades in Oct’17 until 2021, he made the switch to Bournemouth, then a Premier League Club, in the summer of 2018 for a fee of £11.5 million, signing a 4-yr long contract.

Possible link-up between the two Welsh wingers? Would certainly be handy having these two on the bench

The Rise of David Brooks

David Brooks was instantly introduced to The Cherries’ first-team, making his Premier League and Cherries’ debut in the opening fixture of the 2018-19 season, starting the 2-0 home win against Cardiff City. Brooks scored his first goal for the club, and his first goal in PL, in a 2-1 home win over Crystal Palace. He followed up with goals against Watford in a 0-4 away win and Fulham in a 0-3 away win, over the rest of the month. This impressive run of form saw Brooks awarded the Cherries’ Player of the Month award for October.

He continued his good run of form, scoring his first senior brace against Brighton in December. Manager Eddie Howe commented after the game that he was “pleasantly surprised” by the start Brooks had made to his Bournemouth career, commending his attitude and tactical understanding of Bournemouth’s style of play. His performances in December led to him winning his second Player of the Month award. Due to his performances over the course of the 18/19 season, Brooks was even nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, alongside big names such as Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, and Marcus Rashford.