Leicester City are now ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks. Brooks could be the latest player to leave the club after their relegation to the Championship.
As per Manchester Evening News, the Foxes are now firm favourites to sign the young Welshman as the Red Devils are still pursuing a deal to sign Jadon Sancho. David Brooks, who joined Bournemouth from Sheffield United in 2018, has two years remaining on his contract. The Cherries have already sold Nathan Ake, Callum Wilson, and Aaron Ramsdale, while Joshua King is also expected to leave the club.
The 23-year-old Brooks is a Welsh international who has played 13 times for his national team.
David Brooks: A smashing move by Rodgers?
David Brooks is one of the most promising players in the Bournemouth side, as the midfielder has speed, technical ability, and vision, to pick his teammates out with a pass. The Welshman is capable of playing either as a winger or centrally as an attacking midfielder/shadow striker. Brooks had an injury-ridden 2019-20 season, which massively restricted his game time, as he played just 9 times in the season.
Despite his lack of games, a few top clubs in the Premier League are reportedly interested in him, as he has the potential to be a quality player. The 23-year-old is a pacey midfielder who can quickly turn defence into attack with his runs. He is a player that can play well in between the lines and cause havoc in the final third with his passes.
Leicester City could benefit from signing a player like Brooks. The Foxes have clever players in the middle of the park, like James Maddison and Youri Tielemans, while Wilfred Ndidi has been a rock for them defensively. But, manager Brendan Rodgers hasn’t had too many options out wide on the right. Ayoze Perez played there, but he was inconsistent, while Marc Albrighton is not good enough for a team that will compete in Europe next season.
Rodgers has shown that he can develop young, talented players, and his youthful Leicester City team would be the perfect place for Brooks to develop as a player.