Bournemouth have signed highly rated Sheffield United youngster David Brooks for a fee believed to be around £12 million. Brooks joins the Cherries after a fantastic breakthrough season with the Blades and will now be looking to make his mark in the Premier League.
David Brooks has had a complicated international career. He was first called up for Wales’s u20s for the Toulon Tournament before withdrawing and playing for England u20s in the same tournament. England would go on to win it with Brooks scoring in the final. He has then since switched allegiances again and now has three caps for the Welsh senior side.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said:
“David is a player we have been looking at for a long time. He is technically very good, has huge potential and will fit our philosophy in terms of how we want to play. We’ve seen enough to suggest he is a player who could be outstanding at this level in the future if he develops in the right way and is willing to learn and improve.”
Fantasy Premier League Potential (5.0m)
Brooks has been priced at £5.0m, which I believe is more than fair for the 20 year old. He may not initially find himself in Howe’s starting eleven, but as the season goes on he should get a decent amount of game time.
Brooks plays as an attacking midfielder and at that price tag there aren’t many other players similar in the Premier League. A slight worry is that he has scored just three times in 30 games for Sheffield United, which isn’t great to hear for potential owners of Brooks.
Bournemouth’s first five fixtures are as follows: Cardiff (H), West Ham (A), Everton (H), Chelsea (A) and Leicester (H). Bournemouth arguably start with the easiest game possible as Cardiff are favourites to be relegated so this may sway FPL managers to bring in Bournemouth players such as Brooks.
Written by Harry Clark (@HarryClark67)