How important will Patson Daka’s signing for Leicester City be this summer?

Leicester City have already announced the arrival of Zambian striker Patson Daka for £ 23million from Austrian Bundesliga champions Red Bull Salzburg on a five-year contract. He was the first new signing of the Foxes transfer window.

Patson Daka joined the FC Red Bull Salzburg project in January 2017 after garnering a lot of attention at Kafue Celtics, a Zambian second division team. He was then loaned to FC Liefiring.

His four years in the Austrian Bundesliga were exceptional with his brilliant performances for FC Red Bull Salzburg. He was a real goal threat in the Austrian league. In his four seasons there, his goals and performances have helped his team win four consecutive league titles and a total of seven trophies.

Patson Daka for RB Salzburg (Photo by Andreas Schaad / Getty Images)
Patson Daka for RB Salzburg (Photo by Andreas Schaad / Getty Images)

The Foxes have signed another striker, although they already have Jamie Vardy and Iheanacho, but is that a surprise? Not at all. With this signature, they now have depth in their strike force. It was one of their biggest hurdles under Brendan Rodgers in his last two seasons.

Daka’s importance to Leicester City

Patson Daka is a goal machine and an expert at finding the back of the net. He has scored 76 goals in his 154 appearances in all competitions.

That includes 34 goals and 12 assists in his 42 appearances last season in all tournaments Salzburg have played. He had three hat tricks while scoring one goal every 78 minutes on average last season.

Patson Daka is fast-paced, athletic, and knows when to run diagonally across defenders to grab onto through balls. Daka has an expected goals ratio without penalty of 1.4 for 90 minutes.

Not only does it add depth to the squad, but would also be a perfect competition for Vardy and Iheanacho. Iheanacho scored 12 league goals last season for Leicester City.

But most of his goals were scored when he played alongside Vardy or in the second half of the season. Iheanacho played well when he played alongside Vardy and his first goal last season came on Matchday 22.

Vardy, 34, improved with age and exceeded all expectations. But the threat of injury will always creep in on him. Daka could be Jamie Vardy’s successor given that Iheanacho also needed competition and adding another striker to his squad was Brendan Rodgers’ right move.

Iheanacho has achieved double goals for the first time in his career and has plenty of time to improve alongside Daka.

It could be a tough transition for Daka, but he has all the right fundamentals a striker needs. His diagonal movement and brilliant finishing ability being his best attributes will certainly suit Rodgers’ style of play. Although it is important for Leicester City fans to be patient with him.

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