Leicester City may have landed an all-powerful coup in recruiting the Zambian striker
Since the middle of the 2020/21 season – if not earlier – Patson Daka appeared to be one of the most important African transfer discussion points of the off-season.
It turned out to be true because while players like Achraf Hakimi took a step, and while Andre Onana, Serge Aurier and Hakim Ziyech continue to be associated with transfers, Daka has been one of the most notable players on the window.
The striker signed for Leicester City last week, agreeing on a five-year deal with the Foxes, who parted ways with a reported £ 22million to sign him.
Daka’s arrival at King Power Stadium was one of the big talking points on this week’s episode of the African Football HQ podcast as the boys talk about his arrival in the Premier League.
One element of the discussion focused on the future of Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho, who was so strong in the second half of the season, while the team also questioned why none of the premier traditional heavyweights had switched for the striker.
At the moment there are question marks about almost all of the key hitting options in the “Big Six”, and Daka’s 27 goals in 28 league games last season – when Red Bull Salzburg won their fourth Austrian title in a row – seemed to interest the big boys.
Manchester City allowed Sergio Aguero to leave last season and has yet to replace him, while Liverpool certainly need a replacement for Roberto Firmino, who will turn 30 later this year and only scored nine goals last season.
What about Chelsea, where Timo Werner barely set the world on fire last season, or Arsenal, where Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – also the wrong 30er – has a lot to prove after a disappointing season.
Manchester United have extended Edinson Cavani’s contract, but is it really a long-term solution for the Red Devils?
Then there’s Tottenham Hotspur, and while they’re sitting nicely with Harry Kane right now, it remains to be seen how long he’ll stay with the North London heavyweights.
If he leaves – and no offer has been accepted at the time of writing – the Lilywhites will surely have to find and recruit a worthy successor to the English skipper.
Couldn’t Daka have been that player in form?
Leicester should be celebrated once again for catching one of the brightest talents in European football, but questions could be asked of their rivals for failing to sign Daka for what might be a cheap fee.