BOSS Scott Parker admits David Brooks is suffering from a dip in form in recent weeks, but insisted: "A million per cent I feel I can get the best out of him."

After starting the season in impressive fashion with a brace against MK Dons in the EFL Cup, Brooks went on to score in Cherries' first away game of the season, at Nottingham Forest.

However, his strike was overshadowed when the Wales international was sent off after picking up a careless second booking.

After his suspension, Brooks returned to the side, completing the full 90 minutes against Blackpool. However, he was subbed off in each of his next four outings, before being benched at Cardiff on September 18, where he was an unused substitute.

Brooks again failed to get on the pitch for the victory against Luton the following weekend, before returning to the starting line-up for Wednesday's clash at Peterborough.

His night was again cut short, taken off after a subdued display as the game moved towards the final 20 of the goalless draw at London Road.

Asked if he was concerned by the 24-year-old's recent performances, Parker said: "I don’t have concerns. I see what we see and I’m sure Brooksy does.

"But this is part and parcel of playing professional sport – dips in form. And I think that’s probably where Brooksy is at the moment. There’s no denying that.

"I think he understands that. Like I always say, and probably everyone will get bored of those words, but it’s now down to Brooksy. It’s down to me, of course, being his coach in terms of let’s keep working hard. The team are doing well, come out the team and the team have won some games. This is just where it is now.

"I have no doubt in David Brooks’s ability, I have no doubt whatsoever. He’s a class above. He’s got special qualities. He’s a top player.

"At this moment in time, he finds himself in and out of the team.

"It’s up to him, because he has the ability and the quality to do that. A smashing lad. A good lad, who obviously at this present moment in time we need to keep working and it will drop, I have no doubt about that."

Asked if he is confident he can get Brooks back to the levels he is capable of, Parker asserted: "Yeah, a million per cent I feel I can get the best out of him. I have no doubt whatsoever.

"I feel he’s someone who is engaged. We just need to keep working on that.

"We need to keep working with him. It comes down to hard work really. Brooksy is going to need to put that in and I suspect he will.

"I’m going to keep pushing and demanding, because there’s something there which is worth pushing and demanding for."

Parker added: "This is not just down to David, this is down to me as well. I’ve come here, 10 games and we’ve had moments, not just Brooksy, there’s others in the changing room as well. But I get why the question would come about Brooksy, because he’s a special talent and I get that totally.

"It’s down to me, it’s down to my staff, it’s down to him understanding things, it’s trying to unlock that certain thing.

"He was injured for some time and it’s probably been a bit stuttery along the way a little bit. Now need to get him to a level where we all know he can be."

Brooks could face his former club Sheffield United at Vitality Stadium tomorrow (3pm).