21-year-old Welsh international David Brooks has committed his future to AFC Bournemouth in the form of a contract extension.
This extension will see Brooks remain in the side beyond the original four-year deal signed in July 2018 following his £10m transfer from Sheffield United.
Brooks’ success under the guidance of manager Eddie Howe has seen him play a pivotal role in the Cherries best ever start to a Premier league season – securing 20 points from the first 10 games.
His contributions haven’t gone unnoticed by anyone on the South coast, netting six goals and four assists in 23 league appearances and capturing the club’s Michael Mathews Player of the Month award on three occasions in the process.
Speaking glowingly of Brooks, Eddie Howe said, “David has impressed everyone from the minute he stepped through the door, with his mature, creative performances on the pitch backed up by a good attitude and professional lifestyle off it.
“This contract means he can concentrate on developing his game with us, and it’s been an excellent start to David’s AFC Bournemouth career.”
Brooks himself commented as well, saying “When talks started about a new deal it was something I wanted and it didn’t take long to sort out”
“When I arrived at the club, not many people would have anticipated the start I have made – myself included.
And also added, “I’m happy with the amount of games I’ve played and the performances I’ve put in for the team.
“I’ve loved every minute of my time here so far and I’m really happy to extend my contract.”
Despite a handful of good results at home, the Cherries haven’t been able to replicate their early season successes due in part to major injuries to key starters like Lewis Cook and skipper Simon Francis, as well as sporadic knocks to Callum Wilson, Josh King, Brooks and Steve Cook that have proved a major disruption for Howe and his coaching staff.
Being especially poor away from home, the Cherries have conceded a league-high 26 goals since Boxing Day despite supplementing their backline with the signings of Nathaniel Clyne on loan from Liverpool and Brentford central defender Chris Mepham in the Winter window.
Riding the back of that good early season start, the Cherries currently sit 12th in the table following their 1-0 loss at home against Manchester City; only nine points ahead of relegation-threatened Cardiff City.
Of their remaining nine fixtures, eight are against sides in the bottom half of the table and a handful of those will be at the Vitality Stadium, giving them plenty of opportunities to distance themselves further from the drop zone and remain in the Premier League for a fifth straight season
As a further boost, Callum Wilson should return soon following a minor knee injury as well as Jefferson Lerma who served the second of a tw0-game ban at the weekend against Manchester City following yellow card accumulation.