AFC Bournemouth defender Chris Mepham has hailed the impact David Brooks has had since making the step up to the Premier League.

As reported by the Bournemouth Echo, Brooks has put in a number of impressive performances since his £10m move from Sheffield United last summer.

The 21-year-old has six goals and four top-flight assists to his name this term before missing the last two matches with an ankle injury.

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The Welshman’s ability to step up a division has surprised many fans and pundits alike and his new team-mate Mepham says he and other young players can use him as an inspiration.

Mepham moved to the Vitality Stadium In January from Championship outfit Brentford in a £12m deal and has enjoyed two Premier League outings so far.

He is also a Welsh international and at the same age as Brooks, so the two are likely to follow similar paths of progression.

On Brooks, the centre-back said:

Brooksy has shown the younger lads can more than hold their own. It’s important that no matter how old you are when you do get thrown in, you stand on your own two feet and look after yourself. You have to look at Brooksy as an example of what could happen. He is an example of someone who has taken every opportunity that has been thrown at him. There is no reason why if Brooksy can do it, someone else can’t. As a defender, I know it may take a bit longer but I am looking to settle in quickly.

Brooks has been ruled out of tomorrow afternoon’s clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers, but Mepham will be hoping to feature at the Vitality Stadium.