Aston Villa sporting director Johan Lange is plotting a move to bolster the club’s attack ahead of a crucial 2022/23 campaign.
What’s the word?
According to French outlet But, Villa are interested in Lille striker Jonathan David, with the Ligue 1 club reportedly asking for €50m (£42.5m) to sign the Canada international.
West Ham are also interested in the 22-year-old and there could be an interesting battle ahead to secure the services of the North American gem.
Steven Gerrard has had a mixed start to his tenure at Villa so far, having arrived from Rangers in mid-November. The early signs were promising but a poor run of results over the festive period set them back, although they head into Sunday’s match against Crystal Palace with a shot at a top-half finish.
Should Villa sign Jonathan David?
Gerrard will likely be aiming to bring in his own players in the summer and his forward options urgently need a rejig, so a move for David could be a shrewd one.
The Canadian has netted 87 goals between club and country during his relatively short career so far, with the striker being described as “fearless” and there is a reason why other clubs are sniffing around the 22-year-old.
David has a higher pass completion rate than Watkins (79.2% to 71.4%) and draws slightly more fouls (44 to 43). These stats prove that, whilst the two close in some criteria, the Canadian looks like he will just keep getting better and better.
There seems little doubt he would be an upgrade on Watkins, and the onus is on for Gerrard to go and get his man before other clubs start to follow up on their interest.