Brendan Rodgers has in his mind probably seen Patson Daka as the player to take over the role of Jamie Vardy, but he looks to have overlooked the fact the two can play together, giving them the job to work in and out from the flank.
Looking at the stats you will find that you have to go for both. Patson Daka and Jamie Vardy needs to be on the field, playing Harvey Barnes up there alongside them would probably work well.
Jamie Vardy did play wide with England and he is a clever footballer and with three men up front you need that attacking option as well as giving Patson Daka less pressure as Jamie would take it all off the shoulders of the young Zambian.
Daka’s talent is there, no doubt, but against brutal stoppers in Premier League, Leicester need more than one man to pressure those clever defenders. We certainly hope this will be the formula going forward. Leicester cannot afford a stumbling Daka and Vardy on the bench, leaving your mind to just see the option of playing them in one half each.
Graham Potter is among the best talent spotters on this planet as he has the vision to see how good players can progress from one level to another and also be able to make players the finished article others are looking for. The work he did at Ostersund and later at Brighton is almost magical and to see him scouting Patson Daka is no surprise.
We all know how Claude Puel nursed forward the talent of Ben Chilwell, despite having to see many errors done, games lost and points missed, Chilwell went from an academy graduate to a £50million sale in two to three seasons. Brendan Rodgers is currently on the same route with Patson Daka.
The problem at the moment is that Patson Daka is coming into a team that looks in change as no players looks certain in this line-up at the moment, seeing established players such as Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy being left on the bench and not really at their best form.
The stats at present are not impressive with 8 goals in 38 PL games. Adding his other goals from all games gives the following, 14 in 54. This is a proper tally when you also look at the minutes given and all the games being just short sub appearances.
We have seen how Chelsea have scouted Leicester talent over the last seasons, bringing in N’Golo Kantè, Danny Drinkwater, Ben Chilwell and Wesley Fofana. We certainly hope Leicester can keep Patson Daka for a few more seasons and give him a proper run of full games, but still feel his sharpness and coordination looks a bit from being a certain top man alternative, but we all know that Jamie Vardy will be 36 in January, it will certainly be interesting to follow how Brendan Rodgers will make his transition of this football team.
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