David Brooks left Sheffield United back in 2018 but with the current situation in the Premier League, could he soon be back at Bramall Lane?
It’s a question definitely worth asking and something some Blades fans will be thinking about. Bournemouth’s loss this weekend saw them dip into the bottom three. That opens the door into the Championship for The Cherries, who will need a big upturn in form to survive now.
If Bournemouth do drop into the second tier, they’ll need to move players on. David Brooks, then, might well be a player who is sacrificed and Sheffield United should be primed to swoop.
A remarkable turnaround
It’s quite amazing to think that this could even be a possibility. A few seasons ago Brooks left the Blades with Bournemouth a firmly established Premier League club.
There is no way Brooks will have thought United would soon be in the top-flight. Furthermore, there’s not a chance he will have expected his former club to be sixth.
If things continue as is and Bournemouth do go down, then Brooks will surely have one eye on the Blades again.
Chris Wilder is a savvy man. He’ll no doubt be keeping a watchful eye on Brooks. Unlike the story with Mark Duffy, Brooks left firmly with Wilder’s blessing for what was a good deal for all involved at the time.
However, Brooks is exactly the type of player United need at the moment. Bringing him back to the club, then, is not something that is as unrealistic as it might have felt six months ago.
Replacement for McGoldrick
Brooks’ departure from Bramall Lane allowed the club to bring in David McGoldrick. The Ireland striker has been superb, too. He’s dropped deep as a number ten this season and despite not scoring, has been crucial.
However, he’s into his 30s now and the Blades must be looking for potential replacements. It would be a strange turn of events to see Brooks come back and essentially replace McGoldrick, just a couple of years after the roles were reversed.
Despite being injured this season, Brooks is a fine young player. He’s highly-rated by both Ryan Giggs and Eddie Howe. He’s apparently well on his way to recovery too, with Howe even hoping he might feature this season.
By that time, it could well be too late for Bournemouth. However, for Sheffield United, it might well be the time to strike and bring back their former midfield star.