David Brooks hoping he caught the eye of Wales manager Ryan Giggs
DETERMINED David Brooks is hoping he caught the eye of Wales boss Ryan Giggs after impressing on his Premier League debut for Cherries.
The talented 21-year-old, who joined Cherries for £10million from Sheffield United, started Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Cardiff.
Attacking midfielder Brooks was a threat down the right side for Eddie Howe’s men and received warm applause when he was replaced by Simon Francis on 67 minutes.
Manchester United legend Giggs was present at Vitality Stadium to watch the youngster ahead of September’s UEFA Nations League fixtures against the Republic of Ireland and Denmark.
Brooks, who had been unaware of the national manager’s attendance ahead of the clash, told the Daily Echo: “It was a nice touch. I want to be in his eye-line and push my way into the Wales team.
“Hopefully, I gave a good account of myself and get called up to show what I can do in the next Wales camp.”
Brooks, a Manchester United fan despite previously being part of the youth ranks at Manchester City, revealed Giggs had been one of his favourite players as a child.
He played under the Wales boss three months ago in front of more than 82,000 fans during a 0-0 draw with Mexico in Pasadena.
The Warrington-born star qualifies for the nation through his mother Cathryn, who is from Llangollen.
And he insisted his inclusion in Cherries' starting line-up was something he would cherish.
“It was a special moment for me and my family and to have them in the crowd as well was extra special,” he added.
“Three of them made it down but I got a lot of messages before the game and afterwards saying I did well.
“I thought we controlled the game very well, had the majority of possession and created a few chances.
“We need to be a bit more clinical in the final third but I thought we looked solid at the back and a threat going forward.”
Brooks has seamlessly settled in at the club and impressed enough during pre-season to be given his first start by boss Howe.
He revealed he would be keeping his first match-worn shirt and was also awarded a special memento by his team-mates.
He added: “I got one shirt for my family and a shirt signed by all the lads. That was a nice touch from them and will be going in a frame somewhere.
“I knew this was going to be a very professional club who want to stay in the Premier League. That’s what I want to do, I want to improve and try to help Bournemouth kick on.”
Howe added: “I was really pleased with his contribution. He is young but is talented and I think we saw a glimpse of what his potential is.
“I just want him to focus on Bournemouth and try to reach really good levels of performance, continue to improve and show the right kind of attitude, which he has and that’s why he started."