Brendan Rodgers is convinced David Brooks would add more end product out wide at Leicester City and is prepared to sell Demarai Gray to fund a deal for the Bournemouth winger, according to The Mirror (10 September, page 54).
While Jamie Vardy continued to defy the odds en route to becoming the oldest golden boot winner in Premier League history, Leicester can’t afford to rely on their veteran talisman forever.
And, after throwing away what looked like a guaranteed place in the Champions League group stages, Rodgers is understandably keen to ease the goalscoring burden on a man who will turn 34 in a matter of months.
No other player in The Foxes’ squad reached double figures in 2019/20, with wingers Marc Albrighton, Demarai Gray and Harvey Barnes netting eight times between them – six of those coming from the latter.
The Mirror claims Rodgers has identified Brooks, the Welsh wizard weaving his magic on the south coast, as the ideal addition but, with a £35 million price tag on his head, Gray might have to be sacrificed to finance a deal.
When you consider the former Birmingham City starlet has yet to realise his full potential, Brooks feels like an immediate upgrade.
Injuries might have wrecked his 2019/20 season but Brooks sparkled in his debut Premier League season, netting seven goals and producing five assists.
If Rodgers can boost Brooks’ career in the same way he did Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Moussa Dembele, the fresh-faced youngster could soon be one of the division’s biggest attacking threats.