For the second straight year a teenager has been named as Canada Soccer’s men’s player of the year. But while 19-year-old Alphonso Davies is having a breakout season at Bayern Munich, it was fellow 19-year-old Jonathan David who was awarded this year’s honour.
This year was a record breaking one for the young striker. He tied the record for most goals in a calendar year for a Canadian with eight in international competition, while scoring a Canadian record six at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. As a result, he was awarded the tournament’s Golden Boot.
David finished ahead of runner up Davies, while Scott Arfield, Toronto FC’s Jonathan Osorio and Mark-Anthony Kaye rounded out the remainder of the top five. Davies won the award last year, while the previous four had been won by Besiktas midfielder Atiba Hutchinson.
At the club level, David has also enjoyed a remarkable year. So far this calendar year, he has recorded 20 goals and 12 assists for KAA Gent in the Belgian top division. He also made his Europa League debut this year and scored twice in the group stage as Gent have already booked their place in the knockout round ahead of tomorrow’s final group match.
His play has reportedly drawn interest from multiple clubs including Ajax, Benfica and Borussia Dortmund. He is currently under contract with Gent until 2022.