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Aston Villa Keeping A Keen Eye On This EFL Championship Attacker: Right Choice For The Villans?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to talkSPORT presenter Alex Crook, Aston Villa are keeping a keen eye on Bournemouth attacker David Brooks. However, Crook believes that it would take a big fee from the Villans to convince the Cherries to part ways with their prized asset during this winter transfer window.

Brooks’ Impressive Form At The South Coast Of England

It was been a productive campaign for the 23-year-old in the EFL Championship this season as he has established himself as one of the top performers at the Vitality Stadium. Brooks has banged in four goals and grabbed five assists in 20 appearances for Jason Tindall’s side this term across various competitions.

The Warrington-born wing wizard has done well to find some consistency with his offensive contributions during this campaign based on his average of 1.6 shots, 1.4 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per 90 minutes in the second tier of English football. He has been a decent distributor of the ball after completing 77.3% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

The lure of regular game time in the Premier League might be too tempting for Brooks to turn down if the Villans decide to engineer a big-money move for him before the end of this month. The Welsh winger’s recent form suggests that he could be a wise addition to Dean Smith’s squad ahead of the second half of this campaign.

Aston Villa keeping a keen eye on David Brooks who is celebrating in the picture
David Brooks of AFC Bournemouth celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and AFC Bournemouth at American Express Community Stadium on April 13, 2019, in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

What Are The Wales International’s Best Attributes?

Brooks has performed at a high level for Bournemouth this season after an injury-ravaged spell in the previous campaign. He is a pacey wide player who can make some driving runs with the ball towards the opponent’s penalty area and can also contribute by scoring goals and creating plays for others around him.

Furthermore, the 12-time Wales international is versatile enough to play in multiple positions in the opposition half. He is primarily a right-sided winger but can also play in a box to box role in midfield or function in the number ten position if required.

The former Manchester City youngster has got the potential to become a world-class player in his position someday. Villa boss Dean Smith could be the ideal man to nurture him into a top talent in the years to come.

Is Brooks The Right Choice For The Villans?

Brooks will add even more goals and creativity to the Villans attack and increase competition for places within their squad. At 23, he will be a signing for the long-run and could potentially help the West Midlands club become a Premier League regular in the coming seasons. All in all, Brooks will be a great choice for Smith to consider this winter as he has all the attributes needed to be a success story at Villa Park.

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