by Dan Davis (@dan_davis20)
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe heaped praise on David Brooks, after the Welsh starlet’s brace downed south-coast neighbours Brighton.
The victory saw Cherries end a three-match losing streak in the Premier League, and fired the Dorset club back into the top half of the table.
Brooks bagged his first goal on 21 minutes, after flashing a powerful drive beyond Mat Ryan and into the bottom right corner in emphatic fashion. And the 21-year-old secured his brace with a deft header deep into the second half, despite having his back to goal when Ryan Fraser delivered into the penalty area.
The summer signing has now notched five for the season, and his manager admitted his pleasure with Brooks’ stellar showing:
‘Two great goals from David, we’re very pleased. They were both totally different, but I think he showed his quality in both moments.’
Howe also expressed his delight with Brooks’ development, after the youngster was released from Manchester City before being snapped up by Championship outfit Sheffield United.
Cherries’ manager said: “He’s certainly ahead of schedule, we’re pleasantly surprised. We knew we were getting a very technical and intelligent player.
“Perhaps what we didn’t know was how good he was going to be to the team, he buys into the team ethic and the defensive component of the game. The tactical understanding of how we play, he’s grasped very quickly so full credit to him for that.
“And also the ability to handle the Premier League, to not carried away with his early season success and to remain level-headed, it’s a huge bonus.”
Brooks made the switch to Vitality Stadium in June for £11million, a valuation which Howe admitted would surely have increased had the Welshman had the second half of last season blighted by glandular fever.
Howe admitted: “We liked the player a lot from watching him at Sheffield. He obviously hadn’t played a great deal at the back end of last season due to getting glandular fever, and he had to recover from that period which was probably why we were able to sign him in the end, to be honest.
“If he’d carried on playing and stayed fit, he probably would have gone beyond us. He’s scoring important goals for us, and that’s a great sign for the team.”