Since joining Bournemouth from Sheffield United in what was a £10.17 million deal back in 2018, Brooks has gone on to feature 63 times for the Cherries, scoring 12 goals and providing 10 assists along the way.
So far this season, the £16.2 million-rated 23-year-old has impressed over his 18 Championship appearances for Jason Tindall’s side, scoring three goals and providing five assists, as well as averaging a WhoScored match rating of 6.87 – ranking him as the club’s eighth-best performer in the second tier.
He said: “One player they are keen on, I’m told, is David Brooks down at Bournemouth. I think it would take a big bid to persuade the Cherries to sell Brooks, he’s a massive part of their own bid to get back in the Premier League.
“But I can see why Dean Smith will be looking at this boy. Villa have done really well recruiting from the EFL with the likes of [Ezri] Konsa and, of course, Ollie Watkins this season.
“Brooks is a good age. He’s injury-free now after missing most of last season and he’s someone who has proved already that he can score goals and assist in the top flight. Villa spent big in the summer, as we know, this would be a show of ambition and proof they mean business.”
Would Brooks be a good signing for Villa?
TIF Thoughts on Alex Crook’s comments regarding David Brooks…
From Crook’s comments, it would indeed appear as if Smith is keen on the signing of Brooks this month, however, with Tindall recently stating that “David Brooks’ future” is “at AFC Bournemouth” amid the rumoured interest from Villa, it would seem as if the Birmingham-based side may be required to spend big in order to secure the 23-year-old, as Crook suggests.
However, considering how impressive Brooks was during Bournemouth’s 2018/19 Premier League campaign, in which he scored seven goals and provided five assists over 30 appearances, it could easily be argued that the Welshman may just be worth the cost for Villa.