Tottenham Hotspur recently came through their second transfer window on the spin without signing a single player, and whilst the fans aren’t best pleased, the amount of players they’re being linked to (as per the Mirror) is promising. One of those players is David Brooks, and in this battle, we’ll be comparing the talented Bournemouth man to Dele Alli.
Reports emerged just after the end of the January window in The Daily Mail that Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy could be prepared to part with £50 million to prise Brooks from Bournemouth after the 21-year-old hit the ground running in the Premier League. That fee is a touch more than the £5 million they parted with to bring in Dele Alli, but given his potential, it would be worth it.
Tottenham’s young attacking midfielder has proven everybody wrong since he made the move from MK Dons to Spurs in January 2015. The midfielder officially joined up with Spurs the following summer, and he was an instant sensation. Since his move he’s gone on to rack up 171 appearances for the North London club, scoring 53 goals and registering 45 assists in the process.
It’ll be a tough ask finding anyone who can match those numbers at the age of just 22-years-old and the fact that Alli saves his goals for big games is something that the Lilywhites love. His record against London rivals Chelsea is sublime, and his two goals against Real Madrid last season also showcase his ability to pull off magic moments in big games as he continues to rise as one of the hottest young players in the world.
TT GRADE: A+
It will be hard for any young player to manage to thrive when compared to a sensation like Dele Alli, yet David Brooks is doing a great job. Whilst Alli is predominantly an attacking midfielder, best used making late runs to support Harry Kane, Brooks has the diversity to be used as a winger as well as a central figure and he’d be a superb addition to Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.
After impressing for Sheffield United in the Championship last season, racking up 30 appearances with three goals and five assists at the age of just 20, Bournemouth took a punt on the youngster and parted with a reported £10 million for him. Already that’s looking like a wise investment, and if the reports are true of a £50 million bid for him this summer then both Tottenham and Bournemouth will be winning.
TT GRADE: B
No one is saying that Brooks isn’t good enough or that he should be doing more as he’s been given a lower grade than Alli. The Bournemouth man has performed well above what was expected of him and has shone this season, but Dele Alli has been at it for longer and is the more polished article. There’s no doubting that Brooks and Alli would make superb partners in an exciting Spurs side, but for now, Alli edges this battle.
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