DENVER, Colorado – Last Saturday was quite the day for players making their Concacaf Gold Cup debut. In addition to Mexico’s Uriel Antuna scoring a hat trick against Cuba, Canada FW Jonathan David wowed those in attendance with a brace versus Martinique.
Yet for those who know the 19-year-old dangerman best, David’s calm and composure in front of goal is nothing new.
“I think Jonathan has gone under the radar, he’s been one of our most consistent players,” said Canada Head Coach John Herdman following the win over Cuba.
“There is no question that he can handle the big moments. He’s able to slow things down and pick his moments. It’s a special quality in a striker,” added Herdman.
In just five senior team appearances, David has already amassed six goals. Teamed up front in attack with fellow teenager Alphonso Davies (18), the two form a devastating one-two punch that will create headaches for opposing defenses for years to come.
“As a winger and him a striker, seeing him score brings happiness to everyone on the team,” said Davies to Concacaf.com. “Coming up together, we knew that we both had quality and we could play at this level and I’m so happy that John brought us in to help this team.”
As for the man himself, it is all about making the most of the chances that are presented to him, and having the confidence to finish.
“I know as a striker that when you get an opportunity, you have to put it in and that’s what I try to do every time. I’m a calm person as it is and I think it helps me on the pitch. When I have an opportunity, I try to focus, look at the goalkeeper and see where I can place it,” concluded David.