Newcastle United transfer target Jonathan David is set to make his World Cup debut tonight, as Canada face Belgium in Group F.
It will be Canada’s first appearance at a World Cup since 1986. Back then they failed to make it out of the group stage, losing all three games in Mexico.
The North American nation will hope to do better this time, and have an exciting crop of players coming through. Their star attraction is Champions League winner Alphonso Davies, but they also have Lille striker David.
He is a player Newcastle will be keeping an eye on, with the 22-year-old recently linked with a move to St James’ Park.
The Chronicle claimed at the start of November that Newcastle scouts have been monitoring David, who is flying in Ligue 1. The forward currently has nine goals and three assists in the French top flight, and will hope to take that form into the World Cup.
Canada face a tough opening game against Belgium, but Tottenham defender Matt Doherty believes David is the player to watch at the World Cup on Wednesday.
Matt Doherty wants everyone to watch Newcastle target Jonathan David
Doherty is not at the World Cup, with the Republic of Ireland failing to qualify. During the tournament, the right-back has been producing a daily diary for Tottenham’s official website, and has been naming his one player to watch on each day.
And Wednesday’s player will interest Newcastle scouts and fans.
“I’d go for Jonathan David of Canada,” Doherty wrote.
“He plays for Lille and has scored a lot of goals in the last few season. It will be interesting to see how he gets on against the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, quality defenders, so he’s my player to watch.”
Exciting to see what David is capable of
How David performs against Belgium won’t define whether or not Newcastle make a move for him. He will be against top class opposition in a team that are one of the World Cup’s biggest underdogs.
But it will be exciting to see what David can produce on the world stage. He has been performing very well in France, and is attracting a lot of interest from the Premier League.
Newcastle are one of the club’s watching the former Gent forward, but will have to fork out a lot of money to sign him. It was recently reported that he will cost more than £43million.
David will certainly prove he is worth that fee if he impresses against Belgium on Wednesday night.