Jonathan David is still there. Last December, his agent, Nick Mavromaras, had nevertheless thrown the door wide open to a way out. “For us the goal is to finish the season at Lille, but it will be his last season there for various reasons. I think the Premier League is a great option for him. I think he also likes Spain a lot because he likes the feel of the ball and the very technical players. These two leagues are a big priority for him, but we are not ruling anything out. You never know, with Paris Saint-Germain or the big Italian clubs. A media outlet that came after a brilliant start to the season for the Canadian striker, author at that time of 11 goals in 18 games in all competitions.
The Canadian is on fire!
In the second half of the season, the player bought €32 million from Gantoise in 2020 stalled with just 3 goals on the clock. This summer, therefore, he has not changed his tune, even if his name has been mentioned in some stables. Certainly a lesson for Clan David, who had perhaps gone too far last winter. Be that as it may, the 22-year-old Canadian has returned for a third season up north. And we can say that he started strong. From the first day of Ligue 1, the Brooklyn native set the tone with a brace against Auxerre (4-1, August 7). Silent for four games, he then recovered his offensive efficiency by signing a new double. This time, his victim was Montpellier (3-1, September 4).
A goalscorer against Toulouse (2-1 win, September 17), he continued his momentum after the international break, where he had also scored a goal against Qatar. In fact, Jonathan David found the goal against Lorient (1 goal, October 2), Lens (1 goal, October 9) and Strasbourg (2 goals, October 14). He thus remains on a streak of 6 goals scored in the last 7 games he has played for Lille. In total, he has 9 goals (including 2 penalties) and 2 assists in 972 minutes on the pitch. He has contributed 15 points to his team, which currently has 19, since the start of the season according to the LFP. Of the 21 goals scored by his team in the league since the start of the season, he scored just under half.
He has also scored a third of Lille’s goals for a year and a half according to option. In fact, he has scored 24 of LOSC’s 69 goals since the 2021-22 season (34.8%). Co-top scorer in L1 with Neymar (9 goals) this season, the Canadian, who is ahead of Mbappé (8 goals), Moffi (8 goals) and Lacazette (6 goals), is also the Dogues’ top scorer. in the 21 century. With 37 pawns in L1, he does it better than Eden Hazard or Nicolas Pépé. Good statistics, therefore, for the Canadian international, who leads the LOSC (7th in the standings) and shows such a state of form that he has something to reassure the country about him with a month to go before the World Cup in Qatar. But the Lille striker remains calm.
“I am happy to play here. I feel good at the moment, we are playing well, we have a good squad and that helps me express myself well. Everything is fine, but there is no fire. It is only the first time this season that we have two wins in a row (…) I like to play in this game system, I can have spaces and go deep, because behind me I have very good quality players”, he explained in particular after Friday’s victory. Jonathan David is focused on the field and only on the field. The player with a contract until 2025 will have plenty of time to think about his future with his environment, he who only thinks about LOSC and the World Cup with Canada. The David clan learned their lesson.
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