Howe admits he has been ‘pleasantly surprised’ with Bournemouth hero Brooks

Eddie Howe said he has been pleasantly surprised with just how good David Brooks has been for his Bournemouth side this season.

Brooks scored both of Bournemouth’s goals in their 2-0 win over Brighton at the Vitality Stadium in today’s Premier League fixture.

He only joined the Cherries in the summers from Championship side Sheffield United, but speaking after the game today, Eddie Howe admitted that he and his coaching staff have been pleasantly surprised how well his summer signing has settled in at the club.

“Two great goals from David [Brooks], both totally different but he showed his quality in both moments,” said Howe.

“We’ve been pleasantly surprised [by him] – we knew we were getting a very technical and intelligent player, but he really buys into the team ethic and has a tactical understanding of how the team plays, and an ability to handle the Premier League and not get carried away with his early season success.

“We liked him a lot from watching him at Sheffield United, he had glandular fever at the end of last season and that was probably the reason we were able to sign him as if he’d stayed fit and kept playing he might have gone beyond us [to a bigger club].”

Brooks, 21, is already a Welsh international and has started 11 Premier League games for Bournemouth since his arrival in the summer, chipping in with five goals along the way.

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