Unfortunately, that dynamism and enthusiasm has never truly shown in Daka’s time in England, the nadir of which came around a year ago, when he was seemingly deployed to do nothing, i.e not running in behind and not showing for the ball to feet. Times picked up for him, however, and hope was restored that Daka could be the player the fans wanted him to be while Jamie Vardy was on the sidelines.
This optimism carried into the early parts of this campaign, where the frontman often got into great positions, showing both his raw speed and clever movement, but would often fail to finish off his great work. The home game against Newcastle United on Boxing Day particularly springs to mind, when many in the stadium just devolved into a state of frustration at Daka’s ability, or lack thereof in front of goal.
Brendan Rodgers has consistently, since the start of this campaign, cited the lack of signings for his team’s lowly league position, and come late January, he got his wish, although a new striker did not arrive to take Daka’s place. Instead, enter Tete – the Brazilian winger who in Rodgers’ own words has helped to find space in the side for Iheanacho.