Despite nurturing lots of world-class celebrities throughout their fledgling years, the Belgian Jupiler Pro League has been among the most underrated contests in Europe.
However, it’s KAA Gent who might be liable for the most gifted Jupiler Pro League export. Currently sat in second place, De Buffalo are surprise challengers to Club Brugge this term having just finished fifth last year. Although this improvement is not solely down to a participant, 20-year-old Jonathan David has played a massive part.
He has already matched his return of 12 league goals at 500 fewer moments and his anticipated goals total is up, revealing he’s now getting into more dangerous areas with increased regularity. The versatile forward has also chipped in with seven assists meaning he is involved in a target every 93 minutes, a substantial improvement on 151 minutes during 2018/19.
The Brooklyn-born Canada worldwide has been in Belgium for two years having joined Gent from Ottawa Internationals SC in January 2018. He followed that with another goal from the Europa League third-round qualifier against Jagiellonia Białystok.
David went on to notch five goals in as many matches and, in the process, earned a better deal, signing a contract with the club until 2022. After more goals and much more striking performances, Gent added a further year in an effort to safeguard their most valuable asset.
Gent chairman Ivan de Witte says the club worth David in the area of £18million. A Massive fee for the side but a drop in the ocean for Premier League clubs.
The 20-year-old has taken his game up another level during 2019/20. He is not a volume monster, possibly, taking only 2.58 shots per 90.
Gent play a 4-3-1-2 contour and David has functioned as a centre-forward, or as an attacking midfielder behind a front. It is at the latter that his dribbling ability comes to the fore. He is attempting to close to five dribbles per 90 and finishing almost 60 percent.
What really stands out when viewing the youngster is his smart movement. He is always on the move and this is why he is always one of the goals.
The 20-year-old is a goal-getter and an opportunity founder. He has been involved in 33 league goals since the beginning of this 2018/19 season. Granted, it’s Belgium but David kicked off that effort as an 18-year-old without a minute of European football under his belt.
What he is doing is unique and his potential is downright frightening. Premier League clubs will be sensible to snap him up fast.