David Brooks became Eddie Howe's first signing of the off season in July as the Cherries prepared for their fourth season in the Premier League.A talented winger who is also at home in an attacking midfield role, Brooks initially came through the Manchester City academy, spending a decade with the Citizens before being released at the age of 16. In 2014, Sheffield United picked up Brooks and he joined their academy set-up. After a two-month spell on loan with Halifax Town in the National League in 2016, he made his Blades debut, coming off the bench in an EFL Trophy match against Leicester City under-23s. An FA Cup bow - in a match current Cherries goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale also played in - against Leyton Orient followed in November before Brooks made his first Championship appearance in August 2017 against Middlesbrough. A first goal came away at Elland Road as the Steel City side won a Yorkshire derby 2-1, with the midfielder scoring two more goals across a total of 30 league matches across 2017/18. Following his summer 2018 move to Vitality Stadium, Brooks made a flying start to his career with the Cherries. He scored in Premier League wins over Crystal Palace, Watford and Fulham before netting twice in a 2-0 victory over Brighton in December 2018. Brooks was also on target in the memorable 4-0 triumph against Chelsea at Vitality Stadium in January 2019. Internationally, Cheshire-born Brooks was in the England under-20s squad that won the Toulon Tournament in 2017, though soon after winning the best player award at the competition he was called up by Wales under-21s, eligible for the country through his mother. After winning three caps with the under-21s, Brooks was called into the senior squad and in November 2017 made his debut for Wales, coming on in a match against France.