Lille of France has announced on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, the signing of 20 – year – old Canadian striker Jonathan David – the 2019 Canada’s player of the year to replace their outgoing Nigerian striker – Victor Osimhen who recently signed a bumper deal with Napoli of Italy that is rumoured to worth 70 million euros. Before signing for Lille, Jonathan David was a striker for KAA Gent of Belgium where he emerged this season as the joint highest goal scorer with 18 goals. Also, in his first two seasons with Gent, David scored 48 goals with 20 assists in 95 games played across various competitions. David’s contract according to Lille will stretch to 2025 with a reported transfer fee of 30 million euros, which has been confirmed to be the Canadian record for any player having surpassed the previous transfer fee of $29.25 million Bayern Munich paid for signing Alphonso Davies in 2018.

Lille’s CEO – Marc Ingla stressed the importance of signing David thus; “we are very proud today to welcome Jonathan David, a great talent who has already demonstrated at his young age all his potential and his many qualities within the Belgian championship”. It is equally informative to mention it that at the national level, David already has 11 goals in 12 games as a senior player, while he was said to have “set a Canadian men’s record with eight international goals in 2019”. This record has undoubtedly place him in the class of the following Canadian players who have in the past notched in more than 20 goals in a season; 1999, 2000 – Tomasz Radzinski, 2009 – Simeon Jackson, 2011- Olivier Occean, 2011 – De Rosario, and 2015 – Cyle Larin.

Congratulations to Jonathan David for the big move. But do you think David is capable of going all the way to score more than 20 goals in the French league next season and prove to Lille that after all, the departure of Victor Osimhen doesn’t really matter much?


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