After the stunning start to the Premier League season that Aston Villa have enjoyed, it’s no surprise to see the club being linked with making some major moves in this month’s January transfer window.
Recent reports have suggested that Bournemouth pair Josh King and David Brooks are potential transfer targets for Dean Smith’s side, and whilst it may feel like the former might be the more necessary signing given he can provide an extra option up front, it’s the Wales international who Villa should really be going all out for.
The £55k-a-week earning ace has been in outstanding form for the Cherries this season as they adjust to life back in the Championship, and the 23-year-old has been leading their charge for promotion.
An ankle injury picked up earlier in the campaign ruled him out for a few games, but since his return to the pitch, he has been a key part of Bournemouth’s impressive run of form.
He’s scored four goals and provided a further five assists in 20 games, and shown off his versatility by playing all across the front line, including some stints as a second striker.
At 23, Brooks fits the remit of lowering the age of Villa’s squad, something The Daily Mirror claim that Smith is keen on doing, and given his ability to be used in a number of different roles he would be a superb addition to the side.
Recent weeks have shown the kinds of issues that injuries can cause, with Ross Barkley’s in particular exposing the fact that Villa don’t have an established number ten who can fill in that role other than moving Jack Grealish in field or giving the inexperienced Jacob Ramsey some game-time.
In Brooks, Smith would be far more comfortable letting him operate in that attacking midfield role, with the Welshman’s low centre of gravity and quick turn of pace something to really change the pace of a game – his former Bournemouth Eddie Howe hailed him as someone who “turns well with the ball” and has “creative flair”.
As per Sofascore, he averages an impressive 1.5 shots, 1.4 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per game, whilst it also pinpoints his strikes from distance as one of his major strengths. Villa could do with an extra player just behind Ollie Watkins to conjure up a bit of magic, and Brooks fits that bill to a tee.
As Howe said, Brooks is someone who “can do a little bit of everything”, and that kind of attacking player would surely light up Villa Park.