Jonathan David, the major asset of LOSC

After six complicated first months last season, Jonathan David had found the formula to shine and help LOSC win the French championship. Unlike his teammates, the offseason and the many changes that have taken place at the club have not broken its dynamic. While Burak Yilmaz is experiencing a big slack at the start of the season, the 21-year-old Canadian international is quite simply the top scorer in Ligue 1 and allows his club to dream on the European scene.

Last year there was Kral Burak Yilmaz, this season it’s Jonathan David who takes power. Author of the only goal of the match against Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday night in the Champions League (1-0), the 21-year-old Canadian allowed his team to win 1-0 and take first place in Group G. Qualifying for the round of 16 has never felt so good for LOSC. The reigning French champion must now confirm on the national scene against Nantes this weekend. “We must try to get the next victory on Saturday”, confirmed the person after the success of this week, which continues his momentum at the start of the season.

Already a scorer 12 times in all competitions (10 in L1, 2 in C1 in 20 games), the striker is only one length behind his score from last season (13 achievements over the whole of the season). ‘exercise). A first exercise in Ligue 1 during which he had taken some time to gain confidence and justify the € 32 million invested in him in the summer of 2020. After six very sluggish months, he had taken off in the second part of the season, scoring 11 of his 13 league goals from January and largely participating in the 4th title of French champion in the history of the Mastiffs. Become an important element under Galtier, it confirms with Gourvennec.

Gourvennec: “To have players like that is a great chance”

“No matter how hard I look, I don’t have a negative element to tell you about him, underlines the Lille coach. He’s still very young, he’s only 21, but he’s already playing like an old man. He is still at the beginning of his career but it is certain, he will be a very great player. It shows beautiful things. He understands very quickly, with him you should never repeat yourself. He listens, learns, assimilates and applies. To have players like that is a great chance. He helps the team a lot, he tries a lot, he is very efficient but he told you. What matters to him is winning the matches. Whether he scores or does not score as long as we win, he is happy. He is a team player, a collective player. It is precious to us and its partners feel it. ”

David is on his way to becoming Goliath. Current top scorer in Ligue 1, he comes out of a double against Monaco and intends to confirm against Nantes. The LOSC needs it badly because that is the whole paradox. On course to integrate the gratin of the 16 best teams in Europe, the Mastiffs are only 12th in the league. Blame it on a lack of character in particular because the northerner side conceded too many goals in the last quarter of an hour, causing them to lose 8 points. The problem is also offensive because while Jonathan David shines, his friend Burak Yilmaz is him in the hard. Symbol of the title acquired in the nose and beard of PSG, the 35-year-old Turk is unrecognizable. However, the LOSC will need its two forwards in form at the same time to finally raise the head in the league. Last season proved it to us.

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