Following an article from Jeunes Footeux in France, the hype surrounding Jonathan David has exploded over the past week or so.
The Canadian forward has been in incredible form for KAA Gent in Belgium this season, scoring 23 goals and assisting 10 others in 38 appearances in all competitions this season, which hasn’t gone unnoticed.
This attracted interest from many scouts, including what seems like half of the Premier League for the Jupiler Pro League club’s Europa League fixture against AS Roma, with Wolverhampton and Southampton among the travelling parties, according to Walfoot.
There were bigger clubs, like Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United there too, but following the player’s agent’s comments earlier this week, if Arsenal is too big a next step for the 20-year-old, then so are the trio above.
That’s where a club like Wolves or the Saints come in, profiting from David’s desire to take things slowly but surely, offering him the perfect move to continue his development without too much pressure.
As we’ve seen for players like Rúben Neves and Diogo Jota, Nuno Espírito Santo knows what he’s doing when it comes to nurturing young talent at the right pace.
Southampton, down their end, have managed to finally find some form under Ralph Hasenhüttl this season, and have slowly but surely been climbing up the table, putting some distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
They currently sit just three points behind ninth placed Arsenal and seven off fifth placed Manchester United.
If that form continues into next season, then St Mary’s could also be an ideal place for David to grow, which is why it isn’t surprising to see Southampton keeping an eye on things.
Of course, both clubs could have been looking at other targets as well, but with the football world this excited about the Canada international, they would be foolish not to be looking at him either.