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Newcastle United Are Monitoring This Ligue 1 Forward: What Will He Add To Howe’s Side?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Chronicle claimed that Newcastle United are monitoring LOSC Lille forward Jonathan David. It has been mentioned that the Magpies are keeping tabs on the Canadian striker ahead of a potential move for him in the future.

David’s Impressive Run Of Form In French Football This Season

The 22-year-old has made a decent start to this campaign after he put in a series of goal-scoring displays as the focal point of Newcastle’s attack. David has banged in nine goals and picked up three assists in 14 matches for the Magpies this season in various competitions.

The 34-time Canada international has been a consistent performer in the final third based on his average of 3.6 shots, 1.5 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per game in Ligue 1. He has even been tidy with his ball distribution as he has made 84.2% of his attempted passes in the French top tier (stats via whoscored).

David is under contract at Lille until the summer of 2025. Hence, Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe will have to launch a big-money offer to sign him from the French club this winter or at the end of this season.

St. James' Park
St. James’ Park

What Will David Add To Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe’s Side?

David has got decent pace under his belt and can make a few dangerous runs with the ball in the final third. He has got the eye to set up a good chance for a teammate and can even strike the ball with venom and accuracy from long range.

At 22, the future is quite bright for the Canadian talent as long as he continues to improve his all-around game with each season. Thus, it makes sense for the Magpies to engineer a move to secure his services next year as he will add a lot of goals and creativity to Eddie Howe‘s attacking department at St. James’ Park.

David is no doubt good enough to offer some healthy competition for Callum Wilson at the Tyneside club in the coming seasons. Plus, he would be an upgrade over Chris Wood who has struggled to catch the eye with his performances at Newcastle over the past ten months.

All in all, Howe would be wise to launch a move to bring David to Tyneside during the January transfer window as he has what it takes to help the Magpies secure a top-four spot in the Premier League this season.

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