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First Team

Brooks: I know what my role is

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David Brooks knows he may have to bide his time as he waits for a first-team start following some “outstanding” displays from his AFC Bournemouth teammates.

Playmaker Brooks has made two brief substitute appearances in the Premier League since returning to action after a lengthy absence due to illness and injury.

The 25-year-old, who came off the bench against Aston Villa and Brighton, also netted a hat-trick in the development squad’s Hampshire Senior Cup win over Portsmouth last month.

Brooks was also an unused substitute as the Cherries registered wins against Liverpool, Fulham and Leicester, Gary O’Neil’s team picking up 13 points from their past nine games.

Speaking ahead of the Cherries’ clash with Tottenham on Saturday, Brooks said: “I know what my role is at this moment in time.

“I just want to be as fit as possible to help the team whenever I’m called upon and playing in the Hampshire Cup was part of the process – just trying to get fit and play as many games as possible. 

“I know where I’m at and what I’m capable of in terms of Premier League standards. It’s a very tough league and when you look at the teams we’ve got to play, every game is going to be vitally important.

“I just want to be in the best physical condition – for me and for the team. If the gaffer requires me to do anything, then I’m happy to do it.

“We added a lot quality in January and they’ve been outstanding without me anyway. When you look at the squad we’ve got, I think it’s enough to stay up.

“And I think the performances, especially of late, have been really good and positive.

“Look at the opponents we’ve been playing and the performances we’ve been putting in – I think they’ve been a real testament to the system we’re playing and the players are producing.”

Following the trip to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, O’Neil’s team face West Ham, Southampton and Leeds United in an eight-day spell at the end of the month.

Brooks added: “We view every single game exactly the same. It’s a chance to go out and get three points.

“If we’re going to stay up, we need to get points where we can and, if we perform at a good level, anywhere and against anyone, I think we can give ourselves a really good chance of picking up points.

“We’ve got a very good chance. If you look at the league table now, there are many teams that will be feeling that they’re in a relegation battle and we’re no different. 

“We know what position we’re in and what we need to do to get out of that situation.

“And when you look at our squad, I think we definitely have enough in the changing room to be able to get out of that situation.” 

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