Leicester City’s most exciting transfer of last season was Patson Daka. The promise of an explosive goal-machine consistently scoring in another league when given the opportunities; a player with pace, gall, and tenacity. The perfect replacement to Jamie Vardy.
This was the campaign for him. The English striker is coming to the end of his career and has performed poorly; it was the opportunity for Daka to start matches and to start showing what he could do. Now, it could simply be the malaise in the team, but the 20 appearances he has claimed have been utterly shambolic and simply unacceptable at this level.
Four goals, three assists, four big chances missed, and low defensive involvement. The Zambian has not overly contributed to a successful high-press and has failed to drive the team onwards. In fact, SmarterScout rate him at 52/100 in terms of propensity to shoot: this was supposed to be a selfish but clinical goal machine.
As with Thomas, I continue to trust Daka. I think he is a brilliant striker being affected by the overall malaise and lack of quality seemingly affecting the squad and destroying his confidence. What the striker has tried to do is be at the ready for passes to feet, thus his explosiveness and pace has been under utilised. Hopefully the next campaign will be much better for the player.