To win a transfer race for a player is a bit of a strange run and can take ages, it can also be a fast track, this is how the Patson Daka affair came to close, and how Leicester City managed to grab him. We all thought Leicester were close to completïng a deal for Odsonne Eduoard, but instead the Zambian international came in, and it happened really fast.
Transfermarkt do give you a grand update on a player and you can get loads of information from that site and from there search on. First we check out his agent, which is a person that knows English football to his toes, the name Frederic Kanoute might sound familier.Embed from Getty Images
Frederic Kanoute is attached the the agent company 12Management. The former Lyon, Tottenham, West Ham and Sevilla forward has grand attachements to the game in England. Early on and in the January transfer window Liverpool, Arsenal and Man Utd were said to have their eyes on the player.
But as we have seen with other players leaving Red Bull Salzburg, they have not gone straight to one of those major clubs with Erling Braut Haaland making his next move to Borussia Dortmund, Sadio Manè went via Southampton to Liverpool, securing the player a chance to exhale and take the Premier League on, instead of being on the fringe at a bigger club.
Patson Daka also played alongside Liverpool signing Takumi Minamino, an attacking midfielder that has scored 16 goals in 31 full internationals for Japan, but at Liverpool not really being played much and not a player seen as a striker in the same way as Daka and Haaland. Minaminio went on loan to Southampton last season, and at that level he produced play to satisfactory.
Frederic Kanoute is also the agent of Moussa Djenepo who joined Southampton from Standard Liege and so far enjoying life on the English south coast, still establishing himself in the Premier League before probably moving on to new and better alternatives.Embed from Getty Images
Looking at his skills you find him right in the frame to one day playing an important part in replacing Jamie Vardy and with the Leicester icon last season seen in a deeper role and for England sometimes playing wide, Patson Daka can be the ideal replacement or a player playing alongside Jamie Vardy as we did see last season with Kelechi Iheanacho who in real is a fantastic cover for both players and will most certainly be playing his part also next season.
To have three options when you play with two up front or three, is a must and doing so you can have players switching positions with Harvey Barnes and Marc Albrighton also playing a role in that department. Ayoze Perez could see his chances limited and we cannot see Rachid Ghezzal staying on and claiming a position.
Patson Daka arrived at Red Bull Salzburg as a teenager and progressed season by season, scoring a total of 68 goals in 125 games during his stay. Erling Braut Haaland moved to the same club and alongside Daka hitting 28 goals in 22 games.Embed from Getty Images
It will be interesting to see how Brendan Rodgers will go along and build confidence for a player that can be a big hit for Leicester, so why Leicester? This is massive news on the Africa continent.
Leicester have more or less guaranteed the player first team football and doing so been able to snatch the player from signing for Chelsea or Liverpool and in what we could see against QPR, he will get those minutes game in and game out. Then to also use the examples of Harry Maguire, Jamie Vardy and several other players who have joined, and really exhaled their game to a new level while with Leicester.
Youri Tielemans also stand out as one of the best examples leaving a struggling Monaco to join Leicester and really shine from his first kick on the ball. With established PL players alongside you it will be easier, something Patson Daka will benefit from.