Pundit urges Aston Villa to sign exciting Grealish-esque maestro

Date published: Monday 29th March 2021 8:51 - Isaac Johnson

David Brooks

Aston Villa have been encouraged to capture of services of Bournemouth attacking threat David Brooks by a former player.

Lee Hendrie has described the 23-year-old as an “absolute talent” and someone who would bolster Dean Smith’s squad.

Brooks netted eight times in 39 Premier League appearances prior to Bournemouth‘s relegation last season.

He has also notched three goals and five assists in 24 Championship games but has been out of action with an ankle ligament injury since February.

 

 

However, he could soon make a return and feature for the first time under new boss Jonathan Woodgate, who has taken over until the end of the season following the exit of Jason Tindall.

Speaking to the Football Fan Cast, Hendrie sang the praises of Brooks.

“I’m a big fan of David Brooks. I’ve seen a fair bit of him this season, and he’s an absolute talent; he really is.

“He’s a young man with bags of ability, and I think if he comes into Villa, I think he’d be a great addition.”

Villa were linked with a move for him in January, with Smith said to be keen on the playmaker.


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Brooks likened to Grealish

David Brooks

Hendrie went on to explain how he can see elements of Villa superstar Jack Grealish in Brooks.

He highlighted the Wales international’s agility and how he has the potential to be a real top-level performer.

The former Villain added: “He reminds me of Jack [Grealish]. He’s very slight, he’s very mobile, and, again, he’s another player that could set the Prem on fire if he’s given a chance.”

Brooks has predominantly played as a right-winger, albeit can also play on the opposite flank.

Smith may look to strengthen that area of his squad. Bertrand Traore and Anwar El Ghazi are the club’s current first picks for that position.

The introduction of Brooks could elevate competition this area of the pitch and the side’s attacking armoury as a whole.

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