As we get into the hectic side of things in the transfer market, it’s no secret that deadly young Salzburg striker Patson Daka is on the radar of many big clubs across the continent along with Liverpool, Chelsea, Leipzig, Rome and West Ham all credited with an interest in the Zambian.
The purse strings have been tightened for a number of European elites due to a pandemic that has forced them to delve deeply into the market for potential fittings and top potential talent.
According to reports, the 22-year-old is set to win his big move to Liverpool after enjoying another strong 2020/21 campaign which recorded a stunning 34 goals and 12 assists in 42 games for the Red Bull Salzburg team which won the Austrian Bundesliga and the Austrian Cup. He was also named Austrian Bundesliga Player of the Season after finishing the campaign as the league’s top scorer with 27 goals in just 21 starts, 9 more goals than his closest competitor.
A very daring report from the Zambian observer, via Teamtalk, claim the Reds have reached a deal to sign Patson Daka from Salzburg this summer and may herald it as the club’s second summer signing in the coming weeks after confirming the signing of Ibrahima Konate from Leipzig more recently .
Daka’s last two seasons have been the most successful as he shone for his club as well as for his country, scoring 7 goals in 22 appearances for the Zambian national team.
Diving into Daka’s playstyle is pretty straightforward, he relies mostly on his speed, agility, and acceleration over short distances. He’s also very athletic and acrobatic, you can find him celebrating many of his goals with a front flip.
Much like his predecessor Haaland, Daka is an instinctive poacher, intelligent with his late runs, leaping on loose balls, good at one or two touch finishes, you can tell a real fox in the box but he’s also a threat with his athleticism and power. Standing at 183 centimeters, he has a decent physique, he’s a “presser monster” and has rapid acceleration, he unleashes all kinds of panic attacks in opposition defenses.
Having been nurtured in the Salzburg system, his anticipation and sense of position are the key attributes around which his game has been developed. He’s very smart at doing those diagonal attacking runs to draw in defenders and exploit half-spaces.
It is still a long way from a finished article. The Salzburg system creates a lot of high quality chances that Daka numbers will be permanently erased by them. His heist game is too suspicious or you can tell one area where he could improve in the future.
He’s a bit light in the sense that he feeds on scraps only and doesn’t have the physique to adapt to Premier League football, but looking at his numbers and ability to shift his weight on one or the other foot for a perfect shot. , he’s definitely one of the best prodigious talent out there.
Daka’s move to Liverpool makes a lot of sense, Liverpool seemed very one-dimensional at times last season, they created a lot of chances but couldn’t put them aside, and a major obstacle to the system malfunction was a Roberto Firmino underperforming. .
Firmino has been praised for his work ethic and high pressure stats in previous seasons, but it all faded away in a very catastrophic way. By comparing the heat maps of Firmino and Daka, you can quickly conclude what Liverpool was lacking all season, that sniper presence in and around the 6-yard box.
Daka has better shooting, pressing and recovery stats than Firmino and to add to the Brazilian’s misery, his stats don’t even come close to Salzburg’s youth product. Daka’s coverage area is also more than Firmino’s.
WIS verdict on Daka in Liverpool
Liverpool have strong ties to the Red Bull Foundation – having done business with them for Ibrahima Konate, Naby Keita, and Takumi Minamino, so you can’t say these ties come out of nowhere.
Klopp certainly likes buying RB system players as both clubs share the same principles and philosophies so it’s easy for players to adjust.
Daka is a perfect fit for Liverpool, the Reds will ultimately be looking for a striker to replace Origi who could be sold this summer, so choosing a young striker who is very direct and can act as a target man up front or on the wing will not be theirs. do no harm.
Liverpool have a good chance of creating a team similar to RB, so that will suit Daka’s style of play. A player who can put the ball in the net. Then there are also allegations that Liverpool may be looking to sell Firmino at a price of just 20 million euros (£ 17million) Daka could very well prove to be a very smart buy.
Some Liverpool fans may remember him as one of two players who scored a brace in a 2-2 draw in a pre-season friendly earlier this year, while as Brewster stepped back, the other player has had a remarkable season.
It will be interesting to follow this story in the weeks to come, but Liverpool remain the most suitable destination for him.
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