Sheffield United midfielder David Brooks is already trusted as a player who can run past defenders... but 20-year-old needs more Championship matches to really prove himself
- David Brooks has looked really impressive for Sheffield United this season?
- Brooks, 20, has a big future ahead of him but he's already making an impact?
- The midfielder simply needs to play more games and gain more experience?
Our scout is a top football expert who attends matches each week searching for the next star. He'll bring you his verdict in Sportsmail.
This week, he's been assessing the ability and potential of Sheffield United midfielder David Brooks.
Read on to find out what the 20-year-old is all about and how he needs to develop his game...
Midfielder David Brooks is already a trusted player at Sheffield United despite being just 20
CLUB: SHEFFIELD UNITED
2017-18 APPS: 20
WHAT HAS HE GOT??
A colleague suggested I take an early look at this emerging talent, so where better to watch David Brooks than in the Sheffield derby at Hillsborough.
He played in a central role just short of the striker. He can clearly cause problems from this position because he can take a defender out of the game with a dribble.
Many of his appearances have been in a wider position, where he can be starved of the ball.
Centrally he was more involved and seemed to enjoy the role. His colleagues trust him and will provide him with regular service.
A left footer, what I particularly liked was his eye for a short, incisive reverse pass to his striker, who could then make a shallow run on the blindside of the defender.
He does not panic and shielded the ball well when confronted. Also, when fouled heavily he got up quickly without any rolling-around dramatics.
He is unselfish and I saw him, after a mesmerising piece of skill, play in a colleague for what seemed a certain goal, only for the chance to be squandered.
Brooks isn't a player who panics and can be a dangerous threat through the middle of the pitch
WHAT DOES HE NEED?
He has committed himself to Wales — playing twice now — and league football will toughen him up. He is quick enough but not electric.
He is more a smart mover, relying on this to unbalance defenders.
With all his skills, the one magic ingredient that would elevate his value would be goalscoring. He may turn out to be a scorer of great goals rather than a great goalscorer. It's his twinkling feet that catch the eye and a good future is predicted.
Every game is a learning process, of course, and he may not yet be ready to step up a level. Regular games in the physicality of the Championship will stand him in good stead.
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