Reported Everton target followed in footsteps of Shearer, Henry and James Rodriguez

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton reacts  during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Everton FC and Apollon Limassol at Goodison Park on September 28, 2017 in Liverpool, United...

Sheffield United midifelder and Everton target David Brooks is in esteemed company after winning the Player of the Tournement award this summer.

Bayern Munich's Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez  reacts during the German First division Bundesliga football match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Bayern Munich in Gelsenkirchen, western...

What do Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Juan Roman Riquelme, Javier Mascherano and James Rodriguez (above) all have in common? Well, despite being some of the most talented footballers of their generation, they were all named Player of the Competition at the prestigious Toulon Tournament.

With Sheffield United youngster David Brooks following in the footsteps of this esteemed quintet, its little wonder so many of England’s biggest clubs are watching him closely.

According to the Sunday People, Liverpool have joined Merseyside rivals Everton in the race for a player Manchester City lost to Sheffield United back in 2014.

David Brooks of Sheffield United looks on during the pre season friendly match between Sheffield United and Stoke City at Bramall Lane on July 25, 2017 in Sheffield, England.

The 20-year-old has shot to fame in recent months, winning the Man of the Match award in last week’s Steel City derby victory over Wednesday, and was even called up for Chris Coleman’s Wales side after switching his international allegiance.

Yet, while England chiefs will be disappointed to lose out on a young player as talented as Brooks, his contribution as the Young Lions lifted the Toulon Tournament for the second year in succession should not be forgotten.

Brooks even scored the opener in the final against the Ivory Coast, before Neil Dewsnip’s side secured victory via a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

England's midfielder David Brooks celebrates after scoring during the Under 21 international football final match England vs Ivory Coast, at the De Lattre Stadium in Aubagne, southern...

If Everton want to add Brooks to their increasingly impressive raft of talented youngsters, they will need to act fast with Liverpool already said to be on the trail. The Toffees have been extremely aggressive in their pursuit of some of England’s brightest talents, paying substantial sums for the likes of Josh Bowler and Lewis Gibson from QPR and Newcastle respectively.

If Brooks can be half as good as Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Juan Roman Riquelme, Javier Mascherano or James Rodriguez, he will be a fine investment for The Toffees.

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