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Canadians in Europe: Tajon Buchanan moves to Inter Milan

With the search for a new head coach ongoing and the Copa America play-in upcoming, it is a busy time for the Canada Men's National Team, which has more players in top European leagues than ever before.

In the meantime, though, fans can get an idea of how the national team is shaping up by checking out how their players are performing in some of Europe's strongest divisions. 

Davies solid as ever for Bayern Munich

Alphonso Davies has long been considered the golden boy in the current generation of Canadian players and he has justified that label during the 2023-24 season with Bayern Munich. Bayern's winter break ends with a match against Hoffenheim on January 12, and the club sits four points behind league leaders Bayer Leverkusen, although Davies and Co. have a game in hand.

Deployed at left-back by Thomas Tuchel, Davies has certainly played a part in his side's defensive resolve, and he assisted three goals in Bayern's first three games of the season.

Davies has not assisted a goal since then, but he is ever-present in the Bayern first XI, appearing in 14 of 15 Bundesliga matches before the league's winter break. He was left on the bench against Koln, where Bayern suffered their only loss in the league so far.

Among fullbacks in the top five European leagues, Davies ranks in the top 10 percent in per-90-minute statistical categories including assists, progressive carries, passes per game, shot-creating actions, goal-creating actions, and ball recoveries.

Jonathan David snaps 11-game goal drought

Canada forward Jonathan David enjoyed a decent start to the campaign with three goals in five games, but he suffered an 11-game goal drought that stretched from late September to mid-November.

He scored in a 2-0 win over Lyon in November and scored again in the next game, a 2-0 victory over Metz. 

His best moment of the season was on December 17, when he came off the bench in the 80th minute and scored an equalizer to clinch a 1-1 draw against league-leaders Paris Saint-Germain. David and his Lille teammates return to action after Ligue 1's winter break, which ends January 12.

Eustaquio runs the show for Porto

Porto fell two points short of Benfica in the race for the Portuguese Primeira Liga title last season but will be determined to put things right this term and Canadian midfield engine Stephen Eustaquio is a mainstay in the team.

Born in Ontario, Canada to Portuguese parents, Eustaquio previously starred for Pacos Ferreira before earning his big move to Porto last year.

Eustaquio has three goals in 20 matches from central midfield this season. He scored a 90+1' winner against Gil Vicente in September before scoring two games in a row in late October, against Antwerp in the Champions League and Vizela in the Portuguese league.

He assisted twice in a 3-1 win over 10th-placed Casa Pia on December 9, but his team lost 2-0 to league leaders Sporting CP on December 18. Porto sit in third place after 16 matches, five points behind league-leaders Sporting.

Buchanan swaps Brugge for Inter Milan

Formerly a winger and forward, 24-year-old Tajon Buchanan evolved into a capable full-back for Club Brugge in Belgium, and that earned him a move to Italian giants Inter Milan, who made the Champions League final last season and won Serie A the season before.

Read more: Tajon Buchanan joins Inter Milan

Larin finally scores for Mallorca

Canadian marksman Cyle Larin made his mark in La Liga last season, scoring eight times in 19 league appearances during a loan spell with Real Valladolid, but he has not found the same success with Mallorca.

Larin contributed a goal and an assist in the Copa Del Rey against Boiro - who play in the sixth tier of Spanish soccer - on November 1. He finally broke his goalless streak in the league on December 9, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over Sevilla, but he has not scored in the three league games since.

Johnston has steady role for league-leaders Celtic

Celtic wrapped up another treble in Scotland last season and Canadian full-back Alistair Johnston was a regular in the team, making 20 appearances in all competitions after signing during the January window to replace Josip Juranovic. 

He has played in 18 of the team's 22 league games so far as Celtic sit two points clear of second-placed Rangers. He played in all six of Celtic's Champions League Group Stage matches.

Celtic have won their last four matches, and Johnston played 90 minutes in each game.

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