Lille may have dominated Ajaccio in a comfortable 3-0 win Saturday afternoon, but attacking midfielder Rémy Cabella was left looking for more. While the win keeps Lille in the race for European football next season the 33-year-old felt there were chances for his striker, Jonathan David to advance in the race for the Ligue 1 golden boot.
The former Montpellier academy product spoke about the Canadian forward’s work ethic: “He’s a top striker. In training, he works a lot, I see him working because we train together in front of goal. He is having a very good season and he is a striker with a lot of quality. This year, he has raised his level of play, again.”
David is currently second in the Ligue 1 scoring charts with 21 goals in 31 games. Cabella, a seasoned veteran, understands every match is crucial in order to do something as special as overtaking Kylian Mbappé as the top scorer in Ligue 1.
“I yell at him when he misses chances because I don’t want him to miss, especially when I pass him the ball. He’s a very good striker. I hope he will perform even better as we finish the season. I hope he will win us matches because he is a great player. I will try to put him in good positions, that’s my role. Besides, he’s a very good guy so I’m very happy to play with him this year.”
Regardless of the stranglehold that Kylian Mbappé has recently had on the title, Cabella believes that his number 9 has the potential to finish as the top scorer in Ligue 1, and he plans to do his part – but even he understands the challenge that is at hand: “I hope that he will finish as the top scorer. It’s going to be tough because in front of him, there’s a monster, practically the best player in the world, but it’s up to us to put him in good positions. It’s a great duel and we’re going all out.”
If Lille’s top scorer is to become Ligue 1’s top scorer as well, he has 5 more matches to make it happen against some very good defences. However, the last time David was a league top scorer was in 2019, just before he made his move to Lille from Gent. With all reports pointing to the Canadian heading for another high-profile transfer, history may just be repeating itself.
GFFN | Tony DesRois