Tottenham seem to have an ongoing saga when it comes to Dele Alli, with the back and forth over whether he will stay or not dominating transfer talk ahead of January.
The England man has dropped down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho and features predominantly in the Europa League now.
Alli, to his credit, is doing ok when he does play. He tucked away a late penalty in midweek to show his quality and composure, while everyone in English football knows what a talent he is.
However, ahead of January and with Alli’s future still undecided, Spurs may well have a ready-made replacement to go to in the form of Bournemouth midfielder, David Brooks.
Previously linked with Tottenham, Brooks is excelling in the second tier this term and looks back to his brilliant best.
The Mirror claimed in the summer that Brooks was on a wishlist of players drawn up by Jose Mourinho. And it’s easy to see why.
Former Sheffield United man Brooks is a mercurial talent who is capable of destroying any defence on his day. However, used predominantly as a wide man, Brooks has been given a new lease of life this season.
New Cherries boss Jason Tindall is using Brooks in a more advanced central attacking role from midfield. The Welshman, who has 12 caps for his country, seemingly given license to roam in Tindall’s system.
And it’s working, too. Another 4-0 win last night with Brooks integral to the performance displayed his qualities in full.
Sure, the goals and assists numbers could do with bumping up (just two goals and two assists this term), but reminiscent of Alli in his earlier Spurs years, David Brooks looks to be molding himself into the perfect attacking midfield talent.