Newcastle United target Jonathan David made his World Cup debut on Wednesday night, but struggled in Canada’s 1-0 defeat to Belgium.
The North American nation were excellent against their European opponents, but lacked that cutting edge to get the result their performance deserved.
But John Herdman’s side can be very proud of how they played, and will back themselves in their remaining group games against Croatia and Morocco.
Canada have some exciting players, but their major stars failed to deliver at the vital moments last night. Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies missed a penalty, while Lille striker David struggled to showcase his Ligue 1 form on the world stage.
There were a lot of positives to take from Canada’s performance, but Newcastle scouts might not have been majorly impressed with what they saw from David. He is reportedly a target for the Magpies, with the Chronicle claiming the club have looked at him this season.
David will reportedly cost more than £43million, but failed to show why on Wednesday night.
Jonathan David outshone by teammate on World Cup debut
While many Canadians were praised back home for their World Cup performance, David was not.
Major League Soccer’s official website gave the 22-year-old a rating of 5/10, and described him as ‘uncharacteristically quiet’ against Belgium.
Sporting News were also critical of David, giving him a slightly better score of 5.5/10. However, they believe he ‘botched the best opportunity in open play’ for Canada during the first half. The forward picked up possession on the edge of Belgium’s box, and went for goal himself rather than playing in his teammate who was in a better position.
It was moments like this that cost Canada, but there was plenty for their Consett-born manager to be proud of.
Tajon Buchanan was excellent out wide, and caused a poor Belgium side endless problems. The 23-year-old currently plays for Club Brugge, and will likely attract interest if he keeps playing like that at the World Cup.
Newcastle are in the market for a winger, and will surely have eyes on Canada given their interest in David. Perhaps Buchanan could become a target after his blistering display on Wednesday.