David Brooks’ move to Bournemouth has slightly gone under the radar. While its magnitude was not understated, the shrewdness of the move was.
At £11.5 million the Cherries went nowhere near breaking the bank to sign the 21-year-old but, nonetheless, was a productive impact substitute in the Championship last season – a role he will likely play this season too.
Brooks played a variety of attacking and advanced midfield roles coming off the bench in the Championship last season for Sheffield United.
His versatility will be a great asset for Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, whose midfield lacks much creative spark, and whose wide options are limited.
When on the field, Brooks will likely be the man tasked with tying a lot of Bournemouth’s attacks together, when Howe plays with an advanced midfield, or in a wide role where he looks to tuck into the half-spaces and take advantage of his tidy dribbling skills.
Howe alluded to this upon the announcement of Brooks’ arrival.
“He’s a player we have been looking at for a long time, someone we have admired, is technically very good and has huge potential,” Howe told the club website.
“David offers a real creative threat, high technical ability, he is able to play a couple of positions – wide on the right or as a second striker – and has been used in both roles by Sheffield United and Wales.
“He will fit our philosophy in terms of how we want to play and I believe he has a very exciting future. I’m delighted that future will be here at Bournemouth.”
While it is likely that Brooks’ opportunities will largely be off the bench in the early stages of the season, there is potential for him to feature more prominently as the season wears on.
But Howe will be patient, just as he has been with Lewis Cook and other young players he has brought through the club.