Back in the summer transfer window, Liverpool were linked with a deal for Canadian forward Jonathan David.
The Athletic reported back in September that David was included on a list of potential attacking candidates that also featured the likes of Diogo Jota and Ismaila Sarr of Watford.
At just 20 years old, there is no doubt that David was one of the most exciting players available on the market.
David scored 23 goals in 40 appearances for Belgian outfit Gent throughout 2019/20 – also registering 10 assists in the process.
In the end, he joined Lille last summer in a deal worth in the region of €30 million (£27m).
Have Lille bagged a bargain?
Liverpool did not follow through in an interest and instead cashed their chips on former Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Jota.
From the outside, it looks like a shrewd decision although it is important to put a few things into perspective before writing off the possibility of the Reds ever moving back in for David.
In terms of the destination, Lille looks like a smart move from David’s part. The French outfit are currently locked in a title race with Paris Saint Germain in Ligue 1, and are also through to the last 32 of the Europa League.
David himself has been a regular feature for Lille and has already clocked up 19 appearances for his new club side.
In that period, he has scored two goals while registering three assists – a modest tally given his goalscoring exploits last season.
For such a substantial fee, Lille will hope there is still more to come from David’s perspective.
His goal record may be easy to draw to the conclusion that Liverpool dodged a bullet, but the reality is that David is showing encouraging signs of improvement.
The bedding-in process is seemingly coming to an end and he is finally beginning to find his feet at his new home. David has two goals and one assist in his last three Ligue 1 appearances.
His recent improvement showcases David’s undeniable talent and vindicates why Liverpool were rightly in the market for him in the first place.
The fact the Reds went with Jota instead of David highlights that the meticulous data and research gathered from Liverpool indicated more immediate benefits in signing the former as opposed to the latter – a shrewd decision from the club’s behalf.
However, Jota’s sustained brilliance this season shouldn’t undermine just how good a player David can still become, and more importantly why Liverpool shouldn’t write off ever enter the market for the player again in the future.
Jota is currently further ahead in his development and has looked a more ready-made option to upset the dynamic of Liverpool’s pedigreed front-three.
If anything is to be gained from such, it’s that the Reds continue to vindicate themselves as the best in the business when it comes to transfers.
The fact that Liverpool were even in the market for David suggests he’s a player worth keeping an eye on.
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