Open main menu

David Robert Brooks (born 8 July 1997) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club AFC Bournemouth and the Wales national team. He played for both Wales and England at youth level before making his senior debut for Wales in 2017. After a series of impressive performance for Sheffield United in the 2017–18 season, Brooks was recruited by Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe in the summer of 2018.

David Brooks
Personal information
Full name David Robert Brooks[1]
Date of birth (1997-07-08) 8 July 1997 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Warrington, England[3]
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
AFC Bournemouth
Number 20
Youth career
2004–2014 Manchester City
2014–2015 Sheffield United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2018 Sheffield United 30 (3)
2015F.C. Halifax Town (loan) 5 (1)
2018– AFC Bournemouth 30 (7)
National team
2017 England U20 5 (2)
2017– Wales U21 3 (1)
2017– Wales 12 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:30, 14 April 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:12, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

Contents

Club careerEdit

Brooks was associated with the Manchester City academy from the age of seven, before he switched to the Sheffield United academy in 2014 and signed professional forms with the club in March 2015.[4] He joined National League side F.C. Halifax Town on a one-month loan on 29 August 2015.[5] He had his loan extended into a second month and scored one goal, against Aldershot Town, in his five appearances.[6]

He made his first team debut for the "Blades" on 30 August 2016, coming on as a 63rd-minute substitute for Matt Done in a 0–0 draw with Leicester City U23's in an EFL Trophy group stage match at Bramall Lane.[7] He made his first start for the club in the next fixture in the competition, a 2–1 home defeat by Walsall on 4 October, following which manager Chris Wilder said that "I think it's difficult for a young player to impress when the players around him aren't performing".[8] Four days later, he was picked for the Wales team by Chris Coleman.[citation needed]

Brooks scored his first senior goal on 27 October 2017, scoring only six minutes after coming on as a substitute against Leeds United to seal the Blades a 2–1 victory in the Yorkshire Derby.

In October 2017, Brooks signed a new long term contract, committing his future to Bramall Lane until the summer of 2021.[9]

In July 2018, Brooks signed for AFC Bournemouth of the Premier League for a fee of £11.5 million,[10] signing a four-year contract, making his debut in the 2–0 home win against Cardiff City.[11]

In March 2019, Brooks signed a new "long-term" contract with the club.[12]

International careerEdit

Brooks was born in Warrington and was eligible for both his birth country England and for Wales – the latter through his mother, who is from Llangollen.[13]

On 15 May 2017, he was called up to the Wales U20 squad for the 2017 Toulon Tournament. He later withdrew from the Wales setup, instead being called up to the England U20 squad for the same tournament.[14] England won the tournament and Brooks was given the Best Player award, having scored in the Final.[15]

On 25 August 2017, he was then called up to the Wales U21 squad for the European Championship qualifiers against Switzerland and Portugal.[13] He made his debut for the side on 1 September 2017 in a 3–0 victory over Switzerland, scoring the second goal of the match.[16]

On 28 September 2017, he was called up to the Wales senior squad, for two World Cup Qualifiers against Georgia and Ireland.[17] Brooks made his senior debut for Wales on 10 November 2017, coming on as a substitute in a 2–0 defeat against France.[18]

Brooks scored his first goal for Wales in a 2–1 away defeat to Croatia, after coming on as a substitute.[19]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 27 April 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season Division League FA Cup EFL Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
F.C. Halifax Town (loan) 2015–16[20] National League 5 1 5 1
Sheffield United 2015–16[21] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016–17[22] League One 0 0 1 0 0 0 3[a] 0 4 0
2017–18[23] Championship 30 3 1 0 2 0 33 3
Total 30 3 2 0 2 0 3 0 37 3
AFC Bournemouth 2018–19[24] Premier League 30 7 1 0 2 0 33 7
Career total 65 11 3 0 4 0 3 0 75 11
  1. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy

InternationalEdit

As of match played 8 June 2019[25]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Wales 2017 2 0
2018 7 0
2019 2 1
Total 11 1

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Wales' goal tally first.[26]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 June 2019 Stadion Gradski vrt, Osijek, Croatia   Croatia
1–2
1–2
UEFA Euro 2020 qualification

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "EFL Released and Retained List 2016–17" (PDF). English Football League. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b "David Brooks". AFC Bournemouth. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Wales – D. Brooks – Profile with news, career statistics and history – Soccerway". int.soccerway.com.
  4. ^ "United can confirm that several second-year scholars have been given one-year professional contracts for next season". www.sufc.co.uk. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Two United youngsters will further their footballing development by plying their trades in Vanarama National League". www.sufc.co.uk. 29 August 2016. Archived from the original on 2 September 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Halifax Town: Club extend CJ Hamilton and David Brooks loans". BBC Sport. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  7. ^ Shield, James (30 August 2016). "Sheffield United 0 Leicester City 0: Blades gain point — but little else from Checkatrade Trophy opener". Sheffield Star. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  8. ^ Shield, James (7 October 2016). "Sheffield United: 'You owe young David a favour' senior players are told". Sheffield Star. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Brooks signs long-term Blades deal". Sheffield United FC. 17 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  10. ^ "David Brooks and James Maddison prove persistence does finally pay off". The Guardian. 22 August 2018. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  11. ^ "AFC Bournemouth v Cardiff City Match Report".
  12. ^ "David Brooks: Wales midfielder signs new long-term deal". 4 March 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  13. ^ a b "Brooks call-up". Sheffield United Official Website. 25 August 2017. Archived from the original on 26 August 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Toulon Tournament: David Brooks switches from Wales to England". BBC Sport. 16 May 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Toulon Tournament: England 1–1 Ivory Coast (5–3 penalties)". BBC Sport. 10 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Switzerland U21 0–3 Wales U21". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  17. ^ James, Stuart (28 September 2017). "Chris Coleman lauds Antonio Conte's response to Ethan Ampadu call-up". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  18. ^ "France 2–0 Wales". BBC Sport. 10 November 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Croatia 2–1 Wales". BBC Sport. 8 June 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  20. ^ "Games played by David Brooks in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  21. ^ "Games played by David Brooks in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  22. ^ "Games played by David Brooks in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  23. ^ "Games played by David Brooks in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  24. ^ "Games played by David Brooks in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  25. ^ "Brooks, David". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  26. ^ Cite error: The named reference HNS was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

External linksEdit