Lille forward, Jonathan David, is making history in Ligue 1 by continuing his impressive strike record. On Friday, the Canadian scored a hattrick against Olympique Lyon, making it goals eight, nine, and ten for him in 2023. He now leads as the player with the most goals, ten, in ten league games in the top five European leagues. Although Napoli’s Victor Osimhen has also scored ten goals, he played one more game to achieve that feat.
David’s strike rate has been impressive this season, with him scoring a goal every 85 minutes. In total, he has scored nineteen goals and provided four assists in 26 Ligue 1 games, which is the same as PSG’s Kylian Mbappe in 23 games. David has participated in 47% of Lille’s total goals this season, while Mbappe has participated in only 34% of PSG’s total goals.
Since joining the team, David has scored 53 goals in 125 games across all competitions. This achievement has surpassed Eden Hazard’s record as Lille’s top goalscorer in the 21st century. David expressed his admiration for Hazard and was quoted saying, “to break his record is a bit surreal for me. I am thankful to my teammates, the supporters, and our coaching staff for support and encouragement.”
David’s impressive goalscoring record this season has led to speculations about his future. Although potential moves to the Premier League appeared to have stalled last winter, rumors suggest that a club is willing to offer €50 million to land the Canadian next summer. RB Leipzig is reportedly interested in David as a perfect replacement for Christopher Nkunku, who is set to join Chelsea next summer for a fee around €70 million.
However, David has not shown any interest in joining the Bundesliga side so far. In an interview with Fabrizio Romano, the player said, “the furthest I can see for the moment is the next game and helping Lille get back into the top four.” He also mentioned that he grew up watching the Premier League and La Liga. It is highly likely that David will have numerous suitors from the top four European leagues if he continues to score goals at this rate.
In conclusion, Jonathan David’s impressive goalscoring record has made history for him at Lille as he surpasses Eden Hazard’s record as their top scorer in the 21st century. His impressive form has led to speculations about his future, and RB Leipzig is reportedly interested in him. The player, however, has not shown any interest in joining the Bundesliga side and is focusing on helping Lille finish in the top four this season. If he continues his impressive form, David is likely to attract more suitors from top European leagues next summer.