Could Vardy and Daka form a deadly duo together at Leicester?

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Leicester City’s English striker Jamie Vardy (C), English defender Luke Thomas (L) and Zambian striker Patson Daka (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Patson Daka has made seven league appearances this domestic season for Leicester City in which he has scored two and assisted three goals. Can he partner Jamie Vardy?

A constant question in a Leicester fan’s mind for many years has been about the successor of Vardy. Last summer’s window had a potential answer to that when Daka joined the club from RB Salzburg for a mere £20million pounds. The scouts of the club have an amazing reputation when it comes to acquiring talents within a reasonable price tag.

There have been various arguments as to what would be the best role for Patson Daka in Brendan Rodgers’ outfit; the Zambia international has obviously flourished when used as a lone striker in the Europa League where he scored four goals in a memorable match against Spartak Moscow. But with ‘Vards’ already scoring nine goals in the Premier League this season, it is very tough for the new signing to start ahead of him.

Some might say that the Zambian does not deserve to warm the bench with the amount of quality he possesses. Henceforth, the best mechanism for both strikers to play is probably to play two upfront. This style of play had suited the LCFC team massively when they used it in the previous campaign, where Kelechi Iheanacho showcased brilliant form scoring 12 goals in the league in 2021 alone. However, the former RB striker is quite different when compared to the Nigerian international in style of play.

When Newcastle United visited King Power Stadium last weekend it was a different story altogether. The 23 year old attacker not only applied finishing, but was also massively impressive in the way he linked with James Maddison to produce moments of brilliance. Maybe if played in a front two the former can really fulfil the role of both creator as well as a finisher.

Daka had one of the best records with regard to conversion rate of chances-to-goals in Europe, ranging around a whooping 36.5%. When you have someone with that quality, in addition to the 34 year old English hitman, who himself has a wonderful record of scoring almost every second to third chance – it is a dream for any team. While the Foxes gaffer does clearly prefer a solo man up top, he has been known to try a couple of formations involving two out-and-out strikers.

Leicester City’s latest fixtures with Tottenham Hotspur and Everton have been postponed with the club recording a huge Covid-19 outbreak. The next potential chance to see both the forwards start together could be against Liverpool when they travel to Anfield on the 22nd of this month.