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Real Madrid Are Facing Stiff Competition For This Ligue 1 Forward: Is He Worth The Fight?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Mundo Deportivo claimed that Real Madrid are facing stiff competition for LOSC Lille forward Jonathan David this summer. It has been revealed that Los Blancos will have to rival Juventus and Napoli in the race to land the Canadian talent in this off-season.

David’s Impressive Run Of Form In Ligue 1

David enjoyed a decent campaign at the French club recently after he put in a lot of productive displays as the focal point of their attack. The Canada international banged in 26 goals and grabbed four assists in 40 matches for Lille last season on all fronts.

The 23-year-old was a decent performer in the final third based on his average of 2.9 shots, 1.4 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in Ligue 1. He was even tidy when distributing possession in the opponent’s half, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 82.7% in league football (stats via whoscored).

His current deal at Lille will run out in the summer of 2025. Thus, it won’t be easy for Los Blancos to lure him to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium later this year.

Jonathan David
Lille’s forward Jonathan David celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Lille LOSC and FC Nantes at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, northern France on May 27, 2023. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET / AFP) (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid Are Facing Stiff Competition For David: Is He Worth The Fight?

David excels at finding space for himself to get a few strikes in on-target. He has got the vision to engineer a few promising chances for his teammates in the final third and is a decent dribbler with the ball as well. David is primarily a centre-forward but can also play alongside someone else in front of the opponent’s goal if needed.

The Canadian sensation has proven his worth as a prolific goal-scorer in the Ligue 1. However, only time will tell whether he can maintain his good form in La Liga if Real Madrid manage to get him on board this summer.

We can expect David to bring more goals to Carlo Ancelotti’s frontline at the Madrid club. He might even serve as an ideal replacement for Karim Benzema at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

With all things considered, David will be well worth the fight for the Madrid giants during this summer transfer window as he could help them compete for even more major trophies in the coming years.

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