This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Sheffield United are enjoying a well-deserved summer break after finishing ninth in their first season back in the Premier League. It hasn’t been easy for manager Chris Wilder, but he has managed to make the Blades a comfortable team in the top flight which is crazy as they were in League One only four seasons ago.
Part of the reason as to why they have been able to do this is due to the players they have signed and let go, and selling David Brooks ended up being a great bit of business for the club and helped them get to where they are today.
The Welshman was put into the Blades U18 side in July 2014 after the club signed him from Premier League powerhouses Manchester City on a free transfer, per Transfermarkt.
A year later in 2015, he was then loaned to Halifax for a brief period and when he returned in September 2015, it took him until the 12th August 2017 to make his senior debut for the club in league football as he featured in the Championship against Middlesbrough. From here he was used consistently and made 30 appearances in the 2017/18 Championship campaign, scoring three goals and assisting five, per Transfermarkt.
Clearly his performances did not go unnoticed as AFC Bournemouth came calling and in July 2018, they signed the winger for £10.17 million, per Transfermarkt, which was all profit for the Blades.
This could be argued as the catalyst for the club becoming a Premier League side again as with the money they bought defender John Egan in the same transfer window for £4.05 million. The Irishman appeared 44 times in the Championship and clearly made a strong influence on the United defence as they kept 19 clean sheets with him in the side and got promoted to England’s top flight, per Transfermarkt.
So not only did Sheffield United make over £10 million on Brooks, but it helped improve their side massively and by picking up Brooks at a young age, they were able to do some great business and help the club.
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