Marco D’Onofrio looks at the growth of Canadian international Tajon Buchanan and why he has become such a hot commodity.

The ninth overall pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft has become a hot topic in the world of Major League Soccer. Not only has Tajon Buchanan impressed during his time in MLS, but he also showed off his skills during CONCACAF’s most prestigious international tournament this summer, the Gold Cup. With a plethora of absences that included Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies and Lille’s Jonathon David, Buchanan was able to put Canada on his back and help them reach the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since 2007.

“He’s grown tactically,” said New England head coach Bruce Arena. “Obviously playing more, he has a better feel for the game. Technically, he’s a good player. Physically, he’s grown into a real man and his physical qualities are enormous as well. But I think the experience combined with his technical ability and his physical attributes have made him a very good player.”

The native of Brampton, Ontario has a bright future ahead of him. He will finish off this MLS season with the New England Revolution, and come January Tajon will head across the pond to join his new team, Club Brugge. Much like the aforementioned Davies who was named in the FIFA Best Men’s World XI in 2020, Buchanan has big aspirations and could be the next Canadian international to take the world by storm.

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