Bournemouth’s David Brooks has been urged to join Tottenham Hotspur by their former midfielder, Jermaine Jenas.
The Wales international has enjoyed a stellar debut campaign in the Premier League, scoring six goals and setting up a further four for the Cherries so far.
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- Brooks moved to Bournemouth from Sheffield United for £11.5m in 2018.
- The Warrington-born midfielder has six goals and four assists in 22 Premier League games so far.
- He also became the Cherries’ youngest Premier League goalscorer in October at 21 years and 84 days.
- Former Spurs midfielder, Jermaine Jenas, believes the Wales international would be ‘perfect’ for the Londoners.
- Spurs haven’t signed a new player since bringing Lucas Moura from PSG in January 2018.
At 21 years and 84 days old, Brooks also became the youngest player to score for Bournemouth in the Premier League during a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in October 2018 and Jenas believes this kind of form will have clubs queuing up for him soon enough.
“I think there are a few teams that will want him regardless of how young he is,” Jenas told Goal. “Bournemouth will be asking for a lot of money for him.
“He scores great goals and gets assists, but those are the easy things to spot. I love the way he receives the ball, the way he takes the ball in pressurised areas, his technique and his mentality. He has got an excellent temperament.
“He is strong and he can mix it with players who get nasty with him. All these things mix in to create a top player which I think he is growing into, he has all these attributes. Scoring goals and getting assists come naturally to him so he is definitely a contender for Young Player of the Year.”
Jenas believes the fee to secure Brooks’ signature will be ‘huge’ but highlighted Spurs as a ‘perfect fit’ for the former Sheffield United man.
“We’re talking huge money for him, I think because he is a good player and they know what he will build into. Dele [Alli] did it, quite smoothly, Raheem [Sterling] did it at Liverpool, and I did it when I went to Newcastle.
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“Young players have the ability to be fearless when they go to a top club and play well. David Brooks will hopefully go somewhere like Tottenham; I think that’s a perfect fit for him.
“He’s also the perfect fit for the club. He would get game time so it would be nice to see him at Tottenham.”
Jenas backs ‘unbelievable’ Sterling for PFA award
Jenas was also asked who he thinks should be in the frame for the PFA Player of the Year award for the 2018/19 season, with the former England international stressing it is a much tougher choice than last season.
The 36-year-old did, however, highlight Raheem Sterling as his pick, describing the Man City forward’s form as ‘unbelievable’.
“It has not been one of those years,” he said. “Last year it was either [Kevin] De Bruyne or [Mohamed] Salah, but this year you’re working a little bit harder for it. [Heung-Min] Son is definitely in there. [Virgil] Van Dijk is in there.
“Sterling should be there, he had an unbelievable start, and in the mid-section, he has been scoring goals. Beyond that, it is hard to nail down names.
“[Andrew] Robertson has been great in the left-back position. Two more spots to fill there. It always comes down to who wins the league so we will see. To pick one right now, I would probably pick Raheem Sterling.”