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One to Watch: Jonathan David (LOSC)

One to Watch: Jonathan David (LOSC)

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Publish on 03/17 at 09:48 - S. TELFORD


Jonathan David wrote his name in club history with his hat-trick for LOSC against Olympique Lyonnais in Round 27.

The man of the hour sat down with the Ligue 1 Show on beIN SPORTS to talk about his strong run of form ahead of Saturday's clash with Toulouse FC.


It had been 43 years since a Lille player had gone above the 50-goal mark for the club, and 11 since Eden Hazard bowed out with a hat-trick against AS Nancy Lorraine to reach the half-century.


Fitting then that David should move two past that last Friday, to net his first ever hat-trick for the four-time French champions. With that, he overtook Hazard to become les Dogues' leading goalscorer in the 21st century, doing so in 69 fewer games than the Belgian.


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"I'm really proud. To be the club's top scorer is no small feat," smiled David after the match. "I have to enjoy it, it's important, and it's the mark that I will leave on this club."


Meanwhile, his teammates are happy for the affable Canadian.


"I'm delighted for him!" said fellow North American Timothy Weah of the USMNT. "He's one of my best mates, to see him achieve things like this is great. I hope he continues, he deserves it!"


All 53 of David's goals have been scored from inside the box. Only two have been headers while 18 have been left-footed finishes. And all 33 others, including 10 penalties, dispatched via the 23-year-old's right foot.

This season, the club's record signing has already bettered his best return for a campaign.


It started with a double on the opening weekend, when David scored twice against AJ Auxerre, proof of his enormous confidence when inside the penalty box.


The Canadian is a poison for defenders, strong with his back to goal and full of tricks, his link up play as effective as his abilities with the first-time finish.


With seven goals in his last five games, the former Gent man is enjoying one of the best purple patches of his career. Given that he faces Toulouse - a team he scored an absolute beauty against in September - this weekend, confidence should be in no short supply.


Watch: David's goal against Toulouse

"It changes nothing," grinned the modest goalscorer. "My aim is always to help the team score, to be decisive. It doesn't matter who the player in front of me is!"


The race is on for David to end the season top of the scoring charts. Can he be the first man other than Kylian Mbappé to win that race since 2018? Whether he can or not, David will long be remembered in Lille, and his goalscoring journey in northern France is not yet over!


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