David Brooks: AFC Bournemouth and Wales star continues to impress

David Brooks celebrates scoring for AFC Bournemouth

Warrington-born David Brooks was crowned Welsh Footballer of the Year 2018 last week, with the AFC Bournemouth star flourishing in the Premier League this season.

The 21-year-old left Sheffield United for new pastures in 2018, joining Eddie Howe’s exciting AFC Bournemouth project at Vitality Stadium.

Despite representing England at Under-20 level and being named player of the 2017 Toulon Tournament, he eventually opted to play for his mother’s country of birth, making his Welsh debut in 2017 against Switzerland, marking his first appearance with a goal.

David Brooks shakes hands with Wales boss Ryan Giggs after his performance against Slovakia. (credit: dunfermilinepress.com)

Brooks made his debut in the Premier League on the opening day of the season in a 2-0 win against Cardiff City, and has become an ever-present for the Cherries since, scoring six goals in 35 appearances so far this campaign.

His first goal came in a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace, before also scoring in a 4-0 win against Watford in October. Brooks has also turned provider  this season, with four assists in a breakthrough debut season for the youngster.

Brooks has certainly enjoyed a meteoric rise in the past 12 months, capped off by being the first ever player to win the Wales player and young player of the year awards in the same year.

The creative midfielder is also a contender for PFA’s Young Player of the Year award since his move from the Blades, and with interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in the past, the winger remains a hot prospect to definitely keep your eye on in the Premier League.