Date: 4th October 2018 at 6:12am
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AFC Bournemouth attacker David Brooks scored his first Premier League goal of his career against Crystal Palace in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Monday Night Football.

The Wales International signed a four-year-contract at Dean Court when he became the Cherries first summer signing of 2018.

The 20-year-old appeared to be Eddie Howe’s first choice target of the summer if the media reports were indeed accurate. He signed for an undisclosed fee, reportedly in the region of £10million, but could rise to around £15million with various clauses and add-ons written into the deal.

Last season he made 36 appearances for club and country and was primarily used in a more central position, however, he has thus far been a regular in the Cherries Premier League squad playing as a right-winger.
His creativity has shown him to be a threat and he could well have scored his first goal in the away fixture with West Ham United, but he’s had to wait until now to get it.

But it was not just the goal that got him the plaudits against Crystal Palace.

For AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, it has been his attitude and performances throughout the entire season-to-date.

For some of the Dean Court faithful, it was actually the defensive role of his game that impressed, aiding full-back Simon Francis to nullify the threat of Wilfried Zaha.

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told afcb.co.uk

“Brooks has got outstanding technical qualities, and I believe he’s a goal-scorer in waiting. He gets in good positions, his finishing is improving, and his first goal here was a big moment for him. It was an excellent finish after a really good team move. He’s started really well in his time with us and the potential of his performances are huge. I’m very excited by what he could be in the future.

“I felt he deserved to start the season after his performances in pre-season, especially in the final pre-season friendly against Marseille. He’s stayed in the team on merit and hasn’t been overawed by being in the Premier League or phased by some of the players he’s playing with or against. He’s just attacked it and done his best, and that’s a special thing to do at such a young age.”

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lofty1971 wrote…

Franno was superb last night and proved a lot of people wrong including myself.

I don’t think we should forget though the help he received from Brooks who’s defensive work was exemplary.

The two of them completely nullified the threat from Zahahaha and not many teams achieve that.

If Ibe showed the same willingness to defend he might feature more often but you can see why Brooks gets the nod. – Join the conversation, click here.

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