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Championship Playmaker Is On Aston Villa’s Radar This Month: What Will He Bring To Villa Park?

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In a recent report, the Sunday Mirror has mentioned that Bournemouth playmaker David Brooks is on Aston Villa‘s radar this month. It is understood that the Villans boss Dean Smith is considering a move to bring the Welsh attacker to Villa Park during this January transfer period (via The Sunday Mirror).

Brooks’ Impressive Form In English Football This Season

Brooks has caught the eye with his performances in the EFL Championship this season as he has carried most of his team’s creative and goal-scoring workload in the opposition half. The Wales international has netted four goals and grabbed five assists in 19 matches for the Cherries this term on all fronts.

The 23-year-old deserves a pat on the back for averaging 1.7 shots, 1.4 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per game in the English second tier. However, he needs to be a bit tidier with his ball-distribution as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 76.6% in league football (stats via whoscored).

Brooks has shown that he is too good for the Championship in recent months and could be tempted by the opportunity to join the Villans before the end of this winter transfer window as such a move will finally give him another shot of becoming a success story in Premier League football.

David Brooks is on Aston Villa's radar this month (Brooks 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 Will The Welsh Wing Wizard Bring To Villa Park?

Brooks is quick and agile enough to pull off some dangerous dribbles towards the opponent’s penalty box. He is proficient at keeping possession in tight spaces and has the vision to play a decisive through ball in the attacking third.

The 12-time Welsh international can also contribute by netting his fair share of goals up top as he is usually a composed finisher in front of the opposition goal. However, Brooks’ recent injury history makes him a slight gamble for the Villans as there are some question marks over whether he will prove his fitness and regain his old form in the Premier League.

Currently, Dean Smith’s attack is looking quite strong as Jack Grealish, Ollie Watkins, Anwar El Ghazi and Ross Barkley has all stepped up to give a good account of themselves as part of the Villans attack. However, a playmaker of Brooks’ potential will be a welcome addition to the Villa squad as he will offer more competition for Smith’s current offensive options. The Welshman could even propel the West Midlands outfit towards securing a top-half finish in the English top-flight this season if Smith can find a way to get him on board before the winter transfer window slams shut at the start of next month.

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