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One of Leeds United’s summer decisions is quickly turning into an outright coup for Victor Orta.
Premier League clubs should approach the Belgian top flight with caution and the Yorkshire giants are lucky they weren’t stung by the same bee as Aston Villa last season.
Throughout the transfer window, the championship winners were linked to a raid by then-Gent talisman Jonathan David, according to GFFN, the whites failed in their attempts to sign the 20-year-old Canadian.
His gaze was always on Lille, whom he joined in a 30 million euros (27 million pounds sterling) cast in August, and United should be very grateful for their decision, as they appear to have avoided a huge failure.
Did you want Orta to sign Jonathan David this summer?
It is true that yes!
No way, never!
In his last two seasons with Buffalo’s, David scored 37 goals and provided 17 assists So it was no surprise to see interest in him surge from the Premier League.
Arsenal, Manchester United and Leicester City also argued with the young forward, according to objective.
Although the jump in quality from the Belgian Super League to any of Europe’s elite divisions has been proven once again.
You just have to see how much Wesley Moraes and Mbwana Sammatta fought at Villa last season to see why a move for David was a big gamble.
The first has scored only five goals in the league after a 13-goal campaign with Club Brugge, while the latter has already moved after a single goal for rivals Leeds Midlands. He had bagged more than 30 goals for Genk for two seasons before his PL move.
Now we are seeing something similar with the Canadian international.
David has delivered only a goal in 958 minutes of action (all competitions) for the Ligue 1 team and that is hugely surprising given their form in Belgium and previous comments praising their ability.
His former boss, Hein Vanhaezebrouck, once nicknamed he was ‘a phenomenon’ and claimed that David was ‘the best player in the country’, adding: ‘It will be the most expensive outbound transfer from Ghent. They would happily sell him for £ 25m or more.’
He may only be 20 years old, but clearly, his raw experience is holding him back, and that’s not something Leeds could have given him time to figure out as they will want to stay in the top flight at all costs.
Plus, they’ve enjoyed Patrick Bamford’s red-hot form so far, so there’s no guarantee he’d even featured much.
Whites can count as their lucky star that they didn’t throw money on David this summer.
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