AFC Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks and Cherries defender Chris Mepham have both been included in the 26-man Wales squad for the upcoming European Championships, which finally kicks off this week after the tournament was suspended last year due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
Wales are travelling to Baku in Azerbaijan to face Switzerland on Saturday before playing Turkey on Wednesday. They then travel to Rome to face Italy on Sunday 20th June and will hope to progress beyond the group stages of the competition.
After almost a year on the sidelines through an ankle injury, Brooks returned to the AFC Bournemouth squad for the 2020/21 Championship campaign and made 34 appearances, including 27 starts, scoring 5 goals and claiming 7 assists.
Just ten months ago, Brooks was being linked with a potential transfer with then Premier League champions Liverpool, whilst he has previously been linked to interest from Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Leicester City and Crystal Palace.
Is the 23-year-old eyeing a potential move back to the Premier League on the back of a successful Euro 2020 campaign with Wales?
Speaking to Sky Sports, Brooks said…
“Obviously with Bournemouth I really wanted to stay and try and help them get back to the Premier League, where they probably deserve. But obviously it wasn’t really the case in this season.
“No matter where I end up next season, if it’s Bournemouth or wherever, obviously the ambition is to go as high as possible.”
Asked if he sees playing for Wales in Euro 2020 as a good shop window, Brooks added…
“Yeah I think it is obviously a massive honour to go and represent your country at a major tournament like this…”
Where will Brooks be playing in 2021/22?
Waz afcb wrote…
In fairness, he doesn’t actually say that he’s looking for a move away. Given that he struggled against bog-standard championship defences last season, I’d say the chances of him impressing at the euros are slim. – Join the conversation, click here.