Vanhaezebrouck says Jonathan David is the best player in the country

Former Genk manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck has said that Jonathan David is the best striker in the Jupiler League at the moment. The Canada international currently plays for Belgian side Gent where he has had a fascinating season with 23 goals and 10 assists from 41 appearances. As a result, he has caught the eye of several European clubs including Tottenham Hotspur and Vanhaezebrouck believes the striker should command a big transfer fee during the summer.

Speaking to Walfoot, Vanhaezebrouck described the marksman as a phenomenon and said that he is the best player in the Belgian top-flight. He added that Gent should command a record transfer fee for the forward, who has already represented Canada on 12 occasions, he told: “He is a phenomenon. The best player in the country. He will be the most expensive outgoing transfer from Gent. They would happily sell him for £25 million or more.”

David has been the subject of interest from Spurs over the past few months and the north London side could come up with a formal offer when the transfer window reopens. In a normal situation, the Capital outfit should afford Gent’s £25m price tag for the frontman but they are currently not in a position to do so with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Still, Genk could be forced to sanction the player’s sale during the summer, given they are likewise expected to be hampered with financial losses because of the outbreak. A recent report has claimed that they could set a reduced price tag of around £15m such that they can invite interest from other clubs, who could drive the fee further. Meanwhile, Spurs currently have Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, who could start upfront but behind them, they don’t have any quality striker, who can fill in the case of injuries. That was apparently their situation before the season was brought to a halt by the coronavirus pandemic.