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Jonathan David back with a bang in 2024!

Jonathan David back with a bang in 2024!

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Publish on 02/19 at 19:01 - G. BOXALL

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Lille’s number nine opted to stay in Ligue 1 Uber Eats last summer, and after a slow start to his campaign this season, the Canadian international now has scored nine goals in eight games to re-cement his status as a prolific goalscorer.

Jonathan David scored his third hat-trick in Lille colours against Le Havre (3-0) last weekend to bring his total of goals to 11 already this season, with nine coming in the last eight matches this calendar year. After opting to stay with Les Dogues this summer despite heavy interest from abroad, the Canadian international initially struggled to build upon a solid 15-goal haul last season in Ligue 1. Only Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappé has scored more in 2024 (10) than David (9) in all competitions - the Canadian is well and truly now back to his best form.

‘I kept on working, I never got discouraged’

"In the first half of the season, I had chances but I wasn't scoring,” said David following the match against Le Havre. “But I kept on working, I never doubted because I've been at Lille for four years and I've already had moments when I scored less. I never got discouraged. The only difference now is that the ball goes into the net, it's as simple as that.”

“It's normal for him to be more confident at the moment because he's scoring. But he can also score more goals,” said manager Paulo Fonseca in his post match press conference. “He didn't play in the last match against PSG. It was a strategic choice on my part but I'm totally satisfied with his performance this evening.”

Now with 16 goals in all competitions this season, David has scored 74 goals since his arrival at the club to cement himself as one of the most prolific strikers in Lille’s history. If Les Dogues want to finish in the top 3 this season, they’ll have to rely on the dogged determination of their prolific forward to win as many games as possible between now and the end of the season.

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