Jonathan David to LOSC, done deal !
LOSC can officially boast a new strong attacking reinforcement. The highly talented, prolific goalscorer previously of KAA Gent (in the Belgian first division), Jonathan David has signed with us for the next five seasons. Sought after by several big European clubs, it is with LOSC that the Canadian striker has chosen to commit until 2025 and where he will wear the number 9.
A COLOSSAL POTENTIAL FORMED IN SOCCER COUNTRY
48 goals and 20 assists in 95 games: thus reads Jonathan David’s record for his first two professional seasons. The young Canadian international, of Haitian origin and born in Brooklyn New York on January 14 2000, has lit up the playing fields since his arrival in Belgium in 2018. Having grown up between Haiti and Canada, it was the latter where Jonathan’s footballing rise began via several clubs in Ottawa. An immense, raw talent, the young striker was quickly called upon to represent Canada at youth level before Europe beckoned and, with it, a chance to fulfil his huge potential. He landed at Gent, where he made his first-team debut at 18.
A STAR IN BELGIUM, A REVELATION IN EUROPE
A general goal? To gradually realise one’s immense potential. Yet for Jonathan David, there was no waiting around as he exploded onto the scene. In 2018/19, at just 18 and in his first season among the pros, he scored 14 goals gave five assists with the Buffalos, reaching a Belgian Cup final along the way. The following campaign got even better, with the prolific forward scoring 23 times and offering up 8 assists across 40 matches for the team that finished an interrupted campaign in the runners-up position and top scorers of the Jupiler Pro League. Jonathan has also revealed his talent on the European scene, netting 7 times in 17 UEFA Europa League games in the past two campaigns, a run that included a double against Saint-Etienne (3-2 on 19/09/19).
12 INTERNATIONAL CAPS, 11 GOALS WITH CANADA
Along with his impressive feats at club level, Jonathan David is already the proud wearer of the captain’s armband with Canada. Voted Canada’s Footballer of the Year for 2019 and crowned top scorer at the Gold Cup (the flagship football competition of North America, Central America and the Caribbean) that same year, the striker who has been a senior international since the age of 18 has already racked up 11 goals in 12 games with the MNT. An innately talented goalscorer, Jonathan David plays a big offensive role in his teams and is capable of supplying that key pass as well as finishing. Added to his undoubted qualities of speed and efficiency in front of goal, the boy from Brooklyn is also fiercely mentally strong and mature.
Adding Jonathan David as an attacking force at the club, LOSC can proudly boast the arrival of an extremely talented player who ticks all the boxes in terms of a modern, efficient and spectacular striker. Despite competition from several top European clubs, Jonathan David and LOSC have chosen one another, a fact that LOSC are hugely proud of. Our new Canadian forward can now look to expressing his talents in our colours both in Ligue 1 and the Europa League, a competition he is already very familiar with. We are both happy and honoured to have you at LOSC, Jonathan. Welcome to Lille!
MARC INGLA, LOSC CEO
"We are very proud today to welcome Jonathan David, a great talent who has already demonstrated at his young age all his potential and his many qualities within the Belgian championship. He is a player with not only great physical and technical abilities, but also mental qualities which make him particularly alert, agile and decisive. Jonathan is a very intelligent boy who I am sure will fit in with the LOSC style of play and the French championship. We thank him for choosing to join our project and wish him the best of luck in our jersey.”
"I’m really happy. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this day and it’s a pleasure to be a Dogue. I know the project that has been put in place here by the President, Luis Campos, and Christophe Galtier. This is a very good team with great players. I want to play and to progress and I think that this is the perfect place. I’m a player who knows his place on the pitch. I love to play to my qualities: notably with speed and and technique. I’m also eager to see our fans! Let’s go LOSC !"