EFL Championship 2020/21: Bournemouth vs Reading - tactical analysis tactics

AFC Bournemouth’s David Brooks has been an impressive player for the Cherries during his time at the club.

Having arrived from Sheffield United in 2018 for a transfer fee of £11.5 million, he has quietly impressed with his ability on the ball, despite having had to spend spells on the sidelines with injuries.

Indeed, when Bournemouth were sent down to the Championship last season, many would have pinpointed the attacking midfielder to be one of the first names to leave the team as there were thought to be a host of teams interested.

However, The Cherries – who actually managed to keep many of their players at the Vitality Stadium this season – have benefited from having him in the side so far, as he has helped with their attempts to get back into the Premier League.

The 23-year-old has managed to provide his team with three goals and five assists as Jason Tindall’s side sit third in the division – making them a favourite with bettors who use apuestas24 Mexico for all their betting needs. But, those performances have attracted interest in him once again.

Aston Villa are believed to be keen on offering the Wales international a way back into the Premier League this winter, however it is believed that Bournemouth have no desire to let their star man go unless a big offer is put on the table, despite him having just 18 months left on his current contract.

TalkSPORT reporter Alex Crook has revealed the Premier League club are keen, but the money likely needed to prize him away from the Vitality Stadium might be a sticking point.

“One player Aston Villa 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 into the Premier League.”

Of course, Aston Villa are no strangers to the Championship transfer market, as they have had huge success with some of the players they have signed in the past.

Dean Smith raided it this summer when he brought in both Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins, with both playing a huge role in their current Premier League escapades. Indeed, another name to be impressing is Ezri Konsa.

Of course, with Tyrone Mings already at Villa Park, Smith could look to lean on the centre-back as a way of convincing Brooks that a move to them would be good for his career, although it is likely the Wales international would not need convincing.

Whether Bournemouth will be prepared to let him go in January as they have promotion back to the Premier League well in their sights, or whether Villa are prepared to table big money to sign the 23-year-old, though, are the questions that will require answers.