Leicester City may have drawn an all-out coup in recruiting the Zambian striker
Since the center of the 2020-21 season, if not before, Patson Daka has emerged as one of the most important talking points in Africa for the off-season.
This seems to be true, because while people like Achraf Hakimi made a move, and while Andre Onana, Serge Aurier and Hakim Ziyech are still linked with transfers, Daka was one of the most notable movers of the window.
The striker signed at Leicester City last week and agreed to sign a five-year deal with the Foxes.
Daka’s arrival at King Power Stadium was one of the biggest points of discussion in the delivery of the African Football HQ podcast this week, while the boys discussed his arrival in the Premier League.
One part of the discussion focused on the future of Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho, who was so strong during the second half of the season, while the team also questioned why none of the Prem’s traditional heavyweights moved for the striker.
There are currently questions about almost all the central striking options at the ‘six six’, and Daka’s 27 goals in 28 league outings last quarter – when Red Bull Salzburg won their fourth consecutive Austrian title – seem to be of interest to the big boys.
Manchester City allowed Sergio Aguero to leave last season and have yet to replace him, while Liverpool certainly need a succession plan for Roberto Firmino, who turns 30 later and scored just nine goals last season.
What about Chelsea, where Timo Werner has barely set the world on fire this past season, or Arsenal, where Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – also the wrong side of thirty – has to prove a lot after a disappointing season.
Manchester United have extended the deal with Edinson Cavani, but is he really a long-term solution for the Red Devils?
Then there is Tottenham Hotspur, and while they are currently sitting nicely with Harry Kane, it remains to be seen how long he will be at the heavyweights in North London.
If he does leave – and no offer is accepted at the time of writing – then the Lilywhites will surely have to identify and recruit a worthy successor to the English skipper.
Couldn’t Daka in that form have been that player?
Leicester should be celebrated once again for capturing one of the brightest talents in the European game, but their rivals may ask questions not to sign Daka for a bargain.