The Zambia forward is ready to embark on a new adventure in the Premier League after completing a permanent move from Salzburg on Wednesday
Patson Daka, new signing from Leicester City, described Jamie Vardy as one of the players he is looking forward to, as he has been an ardent follower of the club since their 2016 Premier League success.
The 22-year-old, who moved to RB Salzburg from England at the age of five, is looking forward to playing with the English international and finishing the past six seasons as the Foxes’ leading scorer.
Wednesday’s switch is a new challenge for Daka, who won the top scorer award in the Austrian Bundesliga last season with 27 goals in 28 matches.
The Zambian international reveals his admiration for Vardy’s qualities and his willingness to make a statement in ‘one of the best leagues in the world’.
“I’ve been following Leicester since they won the Premier League,” said Daka. club website. ‘I follow their games and their style of play. Jamie Vardy is one of the players I look up to because of his style of play and the qualities he has.
‘I’m so excited to have the opportunity to be next to him and learn from him. It’s just a privilege for me. The Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world. I prepared myself for this challenge and I know it’s not going to be easy, but nobody said it was going to be easy! ”
Since leaving the Kafue Celtic of Zambia in 2017, Daka has spent the past four years in Austria where he made a name for himself with his goal-scoring abilities and has won the league title four times in a row.
Ahead of the new adventure in England, the 2017 Caf Young Player of the Year has admitted that he needs to quickly find his feet in Brendan Rodgers’ squad where he will link up with Ghana’s Daniel Amartey, Nigerian duo Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi.
‘I have to make [my playing style] pack! I adapted to the environment. “I was initially not suitable for this environment, but had to make it work,” he continued.
‘In the Premier League I need to know what I need to do to make it easy for myself. My playing style depends on the situation of the game and the type of opponents I play against. This is something I like to do, to score goals. It’s just a different feeling. As an attacker, this is what is expected of me. ”