Tajon Buchanan is on fire.
The Canadian men’s national team star scored his third goal of the season for Belgian giants Club Brugge on Sunday, converting at the back post as the capital club ran riot, battering promoted side RWD Molenbeek 7-1.
That strike means that Buchanan has now scored more goals already this season than he had across his first season-and-a-half in Belgium, a clear marker of progress for the former New England Revolution star and Syracuse Orange graduate.
What’s all the more impressive about Buchanan’s strong offensive start is that he has been playing mostly as an out-and-out right-back, which has put the majority of the right flank’s defensive responsibilities on his shoulders.
But he’s found that role suits his style to a tee, as he has a great deal of freedom to play higher up the pitch while operating as a solid defender out wide. He mixes a fair bit of flair in, too.
Overall, he’s showing all the signs that he can kick on to another level this season, and it’s form like this that reportedly prompted several clubs including Italian giants Inter Milan to track the Brampton-born star last season.
It was reported back in late April that Inter had actually reached a verbal agreement to sign Buchanan, but nothing ever came of that talk, possibly because the Nerazzurri’s own right wing-back Denzel Dumfries hasn’t left the San Siro, as it was suggested he likely would. Then, earlier in August, there was talk that former Belgium star Vincent Kompany wanted to bring Tajon Buchanan to Turf Moor to play for newly promoted English club Burnley. Again, no confirmed solid steps forward have yet materialized.
For now, then, he will look to continue his stellar early-season form in Belgium. He’s only 24 years old, so there’s plenty of time for a move to a bigger league. If he continues like this, he’ll be firmly in the shop window.