Liverpool’s reported Diogo Jota alternative is struggling badly since a £27m summer move. The Reds will be watching with interest.
Jonathan David was reportedly an alternative to Diogo Jota before this season. Paul Gorst, of the Liverpool Echo, claimed back in early October that David, Jota, and Ismaila Sarr were on the shortlist.
Sarr remains at Watford, David moved to Lille and Jota, of course, headed to Anfield.
David moved first. Lille paid around £27m to sign him from Gent, hoping he’d replace Victor Osimhen.
He has failed to do so up to now, however.
David racked up seven straight starts in Ligue 1 after his move. He didn’t score a single goal, however, or even register an assist.
Lille dropped him as a result and his last three domestic appearances have been from the bench for a combined 36 minutes.
He’s fared marginally better in the Europa League – three starts, one assist. That came in his most recent outing against AC Milan, David’s best performance to date.
But it still wasn’t a great one. David had four shots but only hit the target once. He had the second-lowest passing percentage of any outfield player but managed to create just one chance.
He didn’t complete any dribbles, won a single header and Milan tackled him twice.
We’ve got to assume there are other factors at play here. Liverpool were interested, after all, and that gives us the belief that David is a good player.
He’s still only 20, too, and it could be that he’s struggling to fit in at Lille.
And given his age, we think this is one to watch from a Liverpool viewpoint. If he continues to struggle, the Reds might fancy a chance at developing him themselves for below that £27m price.
We’ll check in on David again over the season but for now, it’s safe to say Liverpool made the right choice in Jota.