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David Brooks

Date of birth:
8th July 1997
Date signed:
1st July 2018
Previous clubs:
Sheffield United

Wales international David Brooks has experienced mixed fortunes since joining AFC Bournemouth from Sheffield United in the summer of 2018.

Brooks hit the ground running and enjoyed a memorable first season at Vitality Stadium, netting seven times in 30 Premier League games.

However, an ankle injury suffered in a pre-season friendly against Brentford in July 2019 kept him sidelined for around 11 months.

Brooks returned to action in June 2020 and started in a 2-0 defeat by Crystal Palace at Vitality Stadium.

He made nine appearances in the Premier League in 2019/20, netting once, against his former club Manchester City in a 2-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium in July 2020.

Brooks scored his first goals of the 2020/21 season when he netted twice in a 3-1 win against Birmingham City at St Andrew’s in November 2020.

Having starred in the Championship for Sheffield United in 2017/18, Brooks joined the Cherries ahead of their fourth season in the Premier League.

The gifted playmaker came through the Manchester City academy, spending a decade with the Citizens before being released at the age of 16.

In 2014, Sheffield United picked up Brooks and he joined their academy set-up. After a two-month spell on loan with Halifax Town in the National League in 2016, he made his Blades debut, coming off the bench in an EFL Trophy match against Leicester City under-23s.

An FA Cup bow against Leyton Orient followed in November before Brooks made his first Championship appearance in August 2017 against Middlesbrough.

A first goal came away at Elland Road as the Steel City side won a Yorkshire derby 2-1, with the midfielder scoring two more goals across a total of 30 league matches in 2017/18.

Following his move to Vitality Stadium, Brooks made a flying start to his career with the Cherries.

He scored in Premier League wins over Crystal Palace, Watford and Fulham before netting twice in a 2-0 victory over Brighton in December 2018.

Brooks was also on target in the memorable 4-0 triumph against Chelsea at Vitality Stadium in January 2019.

Internationally, Cheshire-born Brooks was in the England under-20s squad that won the Toulon Tournament in 2017.

However, soon after winning the best player award at the competition, he was called up by Wales under-21s, eligible for the country through his mother.

After winning three caps with the under-21s, Brooks was called into the senior squad and made his debut against France in November 2017. 

Brooks was named Wales’s player of the year and young player of the year for the 2018/19 season.

He scored his first goal for Wales in a 2-1 defeat against Croatia in Osijek in a European Championship qualifier in June 2019.

Brooks played his part as Wales qualified for the 2020 European Championship which were delayed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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