Leeds set their sights on £40m summer signing

David Brooks in action for Wales

So there we have it, the 20 members that will contest next season’s Premier League campaign have been confirmed.

The play-off final on Tuesday night between Brentford and Fulham may not have been the best game, but it still had its fair share of drama.

The Cottagers went 2-0 up before a late goal from Henrik Dalsgaard ensured a frantic finish at Wembley.

Ultimately, though, it was Scott Parker’s men who joined Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion in earning promotion to the top-flight.

For Leeds, it ends a 16-year wait, one that’s seen them head into League One and endure mid-table mediocrity.

However, the task now will be ensuring top-tier survival. After so long away from the country’s elite teams, they will want to stay there for as long as possible. 

The pressure will be on Victor Orta’s shoulders this summer to deliver some impressive transfers and already, we’ve seen the rumours ramping up.

Marcelo Bielsa

Edinson Cavani is perhaps the most eye-catching name to have been linked with a move to Elland Road but there is a fresh target now emerging.

According to Wales Online, Leeds are monitoring the situation of Bournemouth’s David Brooks.

The 23-year-old was relegated with the Cherries this summer and it’s thought that Marcelo Bielsa views him as someone that would fit seamlessly into the Whites’ squad and their style of play.

Newcastle, Leicester, Crystal Palace and Tottenham are all keen on the versatile attacker who could cost a whopping £40m if he does depart the Vitality Stadium.

David Brooks versus Manchester City

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The Welshman lit up the Premier League in his debut campaign with Bournemouth, racking up seven goals and five assists. Consequently, that saw him shortlisted for the Young Player of the Year award.

However, in 2019/20, he rather struggled with injury and with goal contributions – he netted just once all season.

For £40m, you’d ideally want more for your money, but this is the ideal Bielsa player.

Capable of playing on the wing or through the middle, his positional ability bares resemblance to players like Gjanni Alioski, Pablo Hernandez and Tyler Roberts.

On top of that, he’s a focused and hard-working player in training, something that any new face walking through the door at Thorpe Arch needs. Just think about Bielsa’s murderball methods – it is no easy task to keep up with something as strenuous as that.

David Brooks celebrates

Speaking about the player last year, Chris Mepham stated: “He works hard every day on the training pitch, wants to learn, wants to improve and I think that’s got him to where he is at the minute.” 

His former manager Eddie Howe has also been full of praise for the talented attacker. Lauding Brooks after a win over Brighton in 2018, he remarked: “He has played ever so well for us, he has got a creative flair, non-stop energy and he took his goals really well today.” 

His stats this season point to a player that needs to improve, but he has already shown he can do it in the Premier League. He’d be an exciting capture.

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