1xBet takes a closer look at the Zambian player.
Patson Daka is one of Zambia’s most promising football players at just 24. Currently playing for Leicester, Daka started professional football at the local club Kafue Celtic. After a series of loans and a few goals scored, the Zambian forward caught the attention of Red Bull Salzburg’s scouts and the Austrian club transferred him in 2017.
During his period at Red Bull, Patson Daka truly formed as an exceptional striker scoring 68 goals in 125 appearances for the team from Salzburg. One particular achievement was scoring 27 goals in 28 games in one Bundesliga season.
He and his teammates won the Austrian Bundesliga every year during the four years spent at Red Bull, and also conquered the Austrian Cup between 2018 and 2021.
Daka’s Move to the Premier League
Even before Leicester got in touch for a possible transfer, Daka was already mesmerized by the English team following the 2021 FA Cup game they played against Chelsea. Watching the team play, Patson felt his playing style would perfectly integrate into Leicester’s strategy and started hoping that one day he would play for this club.
So, it was natural that when Leicester contacted Daka’s agent about a potential transfer, the Zambian forward was immediately on board. The £23m transfer to Leicester was rapidly perfected and Patson was getting ready for this Premier League debut.
His first Premier League match took place on the 23rd of August, 2021 against West Ham United. Unfortunately, Leicester lost that game 4-1, but it still represented a great opportunity for the Zambian forward. The first goal came in Leicester City’s 4-2 win against Manchester United, on the 16th of October.
Just four days later Patson Daka scored four goals in a 4-3 win against Spartak Moscow in the UEFA Europa League to become the first Leicester player to find the net four times in a game since 1958.
How’s the Current Season Going for Patson
After a promising first season with the Foxes, Daka slowly started to find his spot in the starting eleven. Besides his exceptional physical qualities that brought him to Leicester in the first place, Daka is a perfect fit for coach Rodgers’ tactic.
The gaffer has always implemented intensity pressing for his teams, and Daka’s young legs give him the ability to press harder and force errors from opponents. It’s no wonder that Patson Daka and midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall lead the ranking for pressure in October.
All signs point towards a great season further on for Daka at Leicester City. The player has already scored three goals and provided one assist till the end of October.
When asked about the Zambian forward, Rodgers said that he’s a young player that settled in well already. The coach also said that Patson looks to have developed during the summer and is a lot more comfortable in the sole strike position. Of course, there’s still a lot of room for improvement and refining his technique, but with more matches in the starting lineup, Daka will get better and better.
What Does the Future Hold
All the needed ingredients for Daka to become a Premier League star are already there. Natural talent, exceptional skills, a regular presence in the starting eleven, and the manager’s trust. So we believe that we’ll hear a lot of great things about his performances in the future.
The one thing the Zambian player should improve to become an all-round striker is his aerial game. It’s now all up to him to continue to grow and show everyone that he’s the perfect replacement for James Vardy.
While those are some really big boots to fill, Daka’s speed and ability to take advantage of the slightest mistakes when given the occasion prove that he’s a worthy candidate. Add his excellent within-the-box finishing to the mix, and you paint the picture of a potentially-legendary Premier League striker.
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