Bournemouth will fancy their chances of picking up another three points when they welcome Southampton to the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.
Eddie Howe’s men have made a great start to the season having taken 16 points from their first eight games, which has them currently sitting in sixth place in the Premier League table.
And at the heart of Bournemouth’s excellent form has been summer signing David Brooks, who is slowly becoming one of Howe’s most important players.
As for Southampton, Danny Ings has been the man behind the few good moments the Saints have been able to muster up thus far.
Ultimately, Brooks and Ings are quite clearly key figures among their respective teams, but which player holds the most influence?
After an impressive season in the Championship last year with Sheffield United, Howe brought Brooks to the Vitality Stadium in a move that is starting to look like a bit of a masterstroke from the Bournemouth boss.
Capable of playing out wide, in midfield and just behind the striker, Brooks is a technically-gifted individual who aims to open up defences with his passing and crossing.
Under Howe, Brooks has mainly played on the right where he has been able to add some spark and fresh impetus to the Bournemouth attack.
From there, the Wales international has already managed to net two goals in seven Premier League appearances, which is one less than his total tally for the 2017/18 Championship campaign.
With Howe’s tutelage and at the age of 21, Brooks will only continue to make such progress as months go by.
All in all, Brooks looks to be a shrewd bit of business done by the club.
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Last term, Southampton really struggled in front of goal, which was the main cause behind the club getting dragged into a relegation battle.
However, since arriving at St. Mary’s during the summer, Ings has shown signs that he can drastically help the Saints out in that department.
The 26-year-old will be disappointed with his recent performance against Chelsea where he wasted a couple of good opportunities but, overall, his time on the south coast has mainly been a positive one so far.
Ings has looked extremely dangerous in and around the box and is easily the team’s biggest threat.
He has had a massive influence on the side’s attack that had gone pretty stale under former boss Mauricio Pellegrino and, if injuries can be avoided, he should provide Southampton with enough firepower for them to climb the table.
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Both Brooks and Ings have been able to add something to their new teams, invigorating them in different ways.
Brooks has given Bournemouth another dimension in attack, while Ings simply looks like a more potent striker than the likes of Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long.
However, Brooks’ influence has been one factor behind the Cherries entering the top six during this part of the campaign, and the former Sheffield United man just seems to be making more of an impact in his side compared to Ings.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!