Monday 23 September 2019

Brooks has Howe at fever pitch

Bournemouth 2 Brighton 0

Bournemouth's David Brooks applauds fans after he is substituted. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters
Bournemouth's David Brooks applauds fans after he is substituted. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters

Ed Elliot

Eddie Howe believes David Brooks would be playing for a bigger club than Bournemouth had he not been struck down with glandular fever. Wales international Brooks underlined his potential with both goals as the Cherries returned to winning ways against 10-man Brighton.

The 21-year-old midfielder, signed from Sheffield United in the summer for a fee in excess of £10m, missed almost three months of action last term due to illness.

He has impressed since moving to the Vitality Stadium, with Bournemouth boss Howe saying the player is "ahead of schedule" in his development following Saturday's match-winning display.

"We liked the player a lot from watching him at Sheffield (United)," said Howe. "He hadn't played a great deal at the back end of last season due to glandular fever and he had to recover from that period, which is probably why we were able to sign him. If he'd carried on playing and stayed fit he probably would have gone beyond us.

"Full credit to him for that and also the ability to handle the Premier League, to not get carried away with his early-season success, to be very level-headed - that's a huge bonus.

"(He is) certainly ahead of schedule, I would say, we've been pleasantly surprised."

Brooks fired home from the edge of the box to open the scoring in the 21st minute against the Seagulls, before sealing victory with a looping header.

His second came four minutes after Albion captain Lewis Dunk was sent off for a second bookable offence.

"I think he showed his quality in both moments," added Howe, on Brooks.

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