In Focus: Everton don’t need another attacking midfielder in David Brooks

According to reports in The Mirror, Everton are one of three Premier League clubs chasing a January deal for £20m-rated Sheffield United attacking midfielder David Brooks.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Mirror says that Blades boss Chris Wilder is bracing himself for top flight bids for the 20-year-old, with the Toffees, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool all said to be keen on the Welshman.

While the United manager doesn’t want to sell the twice-capped Wales international, The Mirror says that it may be up to the board rather than him if the club get an offer they can’t refuse, and if that was the case he would likely leave even though he only recently signed a new four-year contract.

How has Brooks done this season?

He has been very impressive for the Championship high-flyers.

The 20-year-old has scored two goals and provided a further four assists in 21 appearances in all competitions, although he has missed their last two league games through illness.

According to WhoScored.com, the attacking midfielder has made 19 key passes in 19 Championship outings this term, while he has successfully completed 24 of the 56 dribbles he has attempted.

The same website also lists Brooks’ strengths as his through balls and his set-piece taking ability.

Would he be a good signing for Everton?

It’s difficult to say.

While he is clearly a player with plenty of potential and quality, the fact that he usually plays in a central attacking midfield role suggests that the Toffees don’t really need him.

They already have Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen that can play in the No 10 role, while Ross Barkley may still be with the club in the second-half of the campaign.

Everton will be looking to compete for the best young attacking talent in the Football League – as they did when they signed Ademola Lookman during the previous January transfer window – but he probably isn’t what they need right now.

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