Liverpool are flying high in the Premier League at the moment but that shouldn’t prevent Michael Edwards and Jurgen Klopp from doing more business in January.
After all, they only acquired one first-team body over the summer so it’s evident they could do with a few more new faces.
It’s recently been claimed by reports in France that Newcastle could make a move for Lille’s energetic frontman Jonathan David.
The forward has been in the headlines over the last few days after starring for Canada during the international break.
It’s a timely run of form for the 21-year-old who is catching the eyes of the Premier League.
The Magpies may, however, face competition from Liverpool who were linked with a swoop last summer.
Newcastle may now be oil-rich courtesy of the mega-money that PIF have injected into Tyneside, but Liverpool would surely make a more attractive proposition for David.
It would, though, be tough to break into the Reds starting XI with the likes of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Divock Origi all fighting for places.
That being said, when you consider the potential of David, it becomes very apparent why he’d make such a good signing at Anfield.
However, the youngster doesn’t just offer goals. In fact, he offers a real presence in attack, somebody who can absolutely terrify defenders.
Colorado Rapids midfielder, Mark-Anthony Kaye, once said: “Everyone’s excited when we talk about Jonathan. He’s still a young player. He still has to mature in a sense, but he shows us what he’s capable of and the next step for him is to be ruthless in certain situations.
“He’s a very clinical player, but I think if he has even more of a killer instinct he’ll be more dangerous. Around the box, he’s a very good finisher. Going forward for World Cup qualifying, to have a player of his calibre ready at this stage of his career is amazing.”
Praise has been mounting for the young prodigy and it’s not hard to make out why he’s been compared to Luis Suarez already in his short career to date.
A summary from Canada manager John Herdman proves evidence as to why that’s the case.
“The first training session, his movement was as good as anything we’d seen,” he began. “The movement, the timing, the consistency was just so clean. Anyone that plays with him—you speak to the midfielders and they just love having him on their side or in front of them. They know that he’s going to show a very clear picture of what he wants.”
Also hailed as “fearless” by Herdman, the attacking talent has all of the attributes to potentially replicate the stunning performances Suarez provided supporters with in Merseyside. Both are capable of running in behind and their clinical nature inside the area is to be marvelled at.
Of course, it will take plenty to live up to the haul of 82 goals the Uruguayan bagged while in the red of Liverpool, but David, someone dubbed a “phenomenon” by former coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck, would certainly be a very promising acquisition from FSG.