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Hendrie Labels This Bournemouth Playmaker As A Good Option For Aston Villa: Should Smith Get Him?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent interview with Football FanCast, ex-Premier League midfielder Lee Hendrie has labeled Bournemouth playmaker David Brooks as a good option for Aston Villa. Hendrie said,

I’m a big fan of David Brooks. I’ve seen a fair bit of him this season and he’s an absolute talent, he really is. He’s a young man with bags of ability and I think if he comes into Villa, I think he’d be a great addition.

“He reminds me of Jack [Grealish]. He’s very slight, he’s very mobile and, again, he’s another player that could set the Prem on fire if he’s given a chance.”

Brooks’ Season Of Mixed Emotions In The Championship Thus Far

Brooks is having an inconsistent season at the Vitality Stadium but deserves a pat on the back for producing some match-winning displays for the Cherries. The Warrington-born sensation has registered four goals and five assists in 29 matches for his current employers this term on all fronts.

The Welsh attacker has sometimes struggled to be productive in the final third but has done well to average 1.5 shots, 1.2 key passes, 0.5 crosses and 1.0 dribbles per game in the EFL Championship. He has also distributed the ball relatively well after making 77.5% of his attempted passes in the second tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

Hendrie labels Brooks as a good option for Aston Villa (David Brooks is seen in the photo)
Bournemouth v Rotherham United EFL Sky Bet Championship 17/02/2021. David Brooks 7 of AFC Bournemouth on the attack during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Bournemouth and Rotherham United at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, England on 17 February 2021. Bournemouth Vitality Stadium Dorset England Editorial use only DataCo restrictions apply See www.football-dataco.com PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUK , Copyright: xGrahamxHuntx PSI-11893-0107

What Are The Welsh Winger’s Best Attributes?

Brooks is a deceptively quick wide player who can dribble with the ball and cause a lot of problems for the opposition defenders. He is a composed presence on the ball and can keep possession moving in tight spaces out on the wide areas.

The 16-time Wales international has got the eye to pick out a decisive pass in the final third but needs to improve his goal-scoring numbers in the attacking third if he wants to prove his worth at the highest level. Frequent injuries have disrupted Brooks’ career at Bournemouth in recent seasons, so a change of scenery this summer could be a welcome move for the player with the Cherries struggling to earn promotion back to the English top-flight at the moment.

Should The Villans Get Brooks On Board This Summer?

Brooks has shown a lot of promise and possesses the skillset to be a future star in the Premier League. Furthermore, he is versatile enough to operate in multiple positions across the frontline. Therefore, the Villans should consider making a move to lure him to Villa Park in this off-season. He is good enough to earn a regular starting spot in Dean Smith’s first-team and would undoubtedly add a lot of quality to the West Midlands club’s frontline.

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