Adrian Clarke analyses the tactical impact Premier League summer signings will have on their clubs.
Outside the top six, no Premier League team created as many chances or had more shots on target last season than AFC Bournemouth.
Under Eddie Howe the Cherries continue to be one of the competition’s most adventurous sides.
Their philosophy should mean that Brooks fits in perfectly at Vitality Stadium.
|Chances created||Shots on target|
|Man City||504||Man City||265|
|Man Utd||377||Man Utd||178|
|AFC Bournemouth||348||AFC Bournemouth||158|
Signed from Championship side Sheffield United, Brooks will supplement the attacking qualities AFC Bournemouth already possess.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder will provide plenty of skill and guile inside the final third.
He attempted 7.93 dribbles per 90 minutes last season and relishes one-v-ones in central or wide areas.
Brooks has end product, too. He scored three goals and created a chance every 37 minutes last season as a No 10 for the Blades.
He is at his best in pockets of space between midfield and attack.
Both centre-forwards enjoy making runs in behind the opposing defence and Brooks could be the player with the best ability to find them.
AFC Bournemouth supporters will enjoy Brooks’s positivity and trickery on the ball.
But at 21 years of age and with no top-flight experience, patience may be required for him to settle in.
Brooks may be best deployed initially by Howe as an impact substitute. It is a role he performed well last term, with only nine of his 30 appearances coming as a starter.
Once he settles in, the Welshman can became an integral figure in the Premier League.
Looking at his profile and style of play, Brooks appears tailor-made to develop under Howe.
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