David Brooks grabbed himself a brace as Bournemouth thrashed MK Dons 5-0 in Saturday’s Carabao Cup first round tie at Vitality Stadium.
The Welsh winger scored a wonderful first-time volley when he connected with Man of the Match Gavin Kilkenny’s exquisite cross-field pass, and then added a second late into the game as he latched on to a ball from debutant Christian Saydee.
Scott Parker was “pleased” with Brooks’ two finishes but believes there is more to come from the 24-year-old who started the game slowly but was able to grow into the game.
The Cherries head coach said: “I thought he started the game poorly, he missed a few chances, some very, very good, big chances.
“I have been in the arena at those moments and you can sometimes shirk away from responsibility and feel a bit sorry for yourself.
“I mean the one he has put away is an unbelievable finish and you could arguably say the ones before it are easier than that.
“So fair play to David, and then in the second half he is in the right place and a lovely finish – gets his two goals, it is a good Saturday afternoon for him – so I was pleased.”
Brooks has looked dangerous operating from the right-hand side of a front three during pre-season with Parker describing the Welsh international as being “first-class”, but the Bournemouth head coach knows there is more to come from his number seven.
“I see someone still young in his ways, technical ability is really, really good, the finer details of his game we need to clean up,” he continued.
“But I have someone who looks you in the eye, who turns up everyday wanting to improve and wanting to get better.
“And when you stand here as a coach and sit here as a coach that is what you want, you want players who are responsive, and want to get better and in David I have that and I expect him to continue in that going forward.”
Saturday’s performance and two goals showed the level Brooks can reach but it is now down to the player to maintain that level and perform on a consistent basis.
Last season the winger struggled with several injuries and with his form throughout the campaign. With five goals and six assists in 32 appearances, Parker will be looking to Brooks to improve on those numbers and become one of the club’s more “deadly” assets.
The Bournemouth boss added: “This is a player who can beat men one-v-one.
“Can we get the ball to him in those advanced areas where he can be deadly?”
With last season’s top scorer Arnaut Danjuma possibly set for a move away from the club, Brooks could be required to help fill the gap left by the Dutch international who scored 17 goals last season.
Saturday’s performance is clearly a step in the right direction and Parker will be hoping the Welshman takes on board the messages being given to him and keeps on improving.