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Jonathan David: A profile on the Gent and future Canada star

Jonathan David

Jonathan David continues to provide jaw-dropping performances. 30 goals in 58 league appearances in Belgium. Gent sit in second place in Belgium, falling just behind Club Brugge. They also still have a chance continentally, facing Roma in the Europa League. This success is founded on a good mix of experienced players and gifted starlets. Amongst them is the 20-year-old forward.

David managed to score a hat-trick inside 65 minutes against St. Truiden in the latest Belgium Pro League match. This performance took his tally to 18 goals, but that’s not his speciality; he has also garnered 8 assists. Both figures are currently top in the current Jupiler League leaderboards. The Canadian international, who has been linked to various top league clubs, is on the top of his game.

During the January transfer window, he was wanted by just about everybody across the top five leagues. Lyon were willing to pay up to twenty million euros, but the chairman and manager ruled a January transfer out completely. De Buffalo’s will try to achieve a second-place finish in the Jupiler League, granting them Champions League qualification once again. However, after two successful seasons in Belgium, it’s more than plausible that David will leave Gent this summer.

Jonathan David – Style of Play

It was 2018 when Jonathan David appeared in the town, Ghent, after his move from Canada. Born in Brooklyn, he grew up in Ottawa, playing for the Gloucester Hornets and Ottawa Internationals. Straight away, he received plaudits for his commitment into the game.

David typically plays behind target men as a second striker or attacking midfielder, but he can play as an out and out centre-forward. Gifted with quick decision-making and good technical abilities, he is a massive threat to the defensive line.

He is suitable for counter-attack oriented teams, he can start the attack and make a good decision or run the whole field and wait for his partners. Because of his good positioning, David frequently gets the ball inside of the box unmarked. At 5ft 10in, the 20-year-old is physically strong as well as speedy. Alongside his superior vision, this allows him to be the focal point of many Gent attacks.

Last few months in Belgium?

Gent rejected his departure in January but will be without an option come the summer. David will get two choices. First: go directly into the top leagues and try to make a name for himself. Or second: Continue his progression and leave for a side that specialises in forging talents. Ajax or Porto, for example. Both teams already have an interest in acquiring David. The potential transfer will be costly as he has only just extended contract with Gent to 2023.

Jonathan David is the main star for his country, along with Alphonso Davies, and Canada will have the chance to take part in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar, possibly for the first time since 1986. He has already scored 11 times in 12 matches for Canada, halfway to becoming the all-time top scorer for Les Rouges. A special talent with a bright future.

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