FC Red Bull Salzburg’s Patson Daka. | David Geieregger/Getty Images
With Tottenham looking to buy a new striker this summer, Patson Daka is one such name in contention. The Zambian striker has been linked with a move to north London, having caught their attention after a strong season with RB Salzburg.
Although they are interested in Daka, Spurs have been told that the 21-year-old does not want to join. It is a big blow for José Mourinho’s side, as they look to find the long-awaited back-up to Harry Kane.
Scoring goals galore in Austria while Tottenham continue chasing him, here is everything you need to know about Daka.
Daka celebrates a goal for Red Bull Salzburg. | David Geieregger/Getty Images
Scoring goals is the basic trait for any striker, and Daka is certainly an expert at finding the back of the net.
Having scored just three goals across his first two Bundesliga seasons, the forward truly found his form last year in an outstanding season.
Daka scored 24 goals in 31 appearances, finishing second in the goalscoring charts only behind Wolfsberger AC’s Shon Weissman. He netted three hat-tricks while scoring a goal every 78 minutes, helping Die Mozartstädter cruise to their 14th league title.
Daka scores for Zambia. | AFP/Getty Images
Daka is no stranger to the international stage, having represented Zambia since his teenage years.
He was first called up to the senior squad by Honour Janza five years ago for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Guinea-Bissau and Kenya.
Aged just 16, Daka started up front against Guinea-Bissau in June 2015, eventually coming off in a 0-0 draw. Daka has since got three goals and two assists in ten caps, and he looks certain to lead the line for Chipolopolo for many years to come.
Daka with the CAF Young Player of the Year award. | PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/Getty Images
Two years after making his international debut, Daka was named African Youth Player of the Year for 2017. The striker was already playing in Austria when he received the accolade, becoming only the second Zambian after Clifford Mulenga to win it.
Daka followed in the footsteps of Alex Iwobi and Victor Osimhen in winning the award, which has since been won twice by Achraf Hakimi. It was a well-deserved personal victory for the Zambian, with another big European move now on the cards.
Former Tottenham striker Frédéric Kanouté. | Phil Cole/Getty Images
Daka’s agent will be crucial in deciding whether he stays or leaves, and it just so happens that he is a former Tottenham player. Frédéric Kanouté played across Europe during his professional career, which included a two-year stint at Spurs.
Kanouté scored 22 goals in 73 appearances for the Lilywhites, before being sold to Sevilla in 2005. Although he has already informed his former club that Daka is not interested, he will be pivotal if there are any developments or a change of heart.
Liverpool’s Sadio Mané and Naby Keïta. | Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images
If Daka signs for Tottenham, he would not be the first African player to end up in the Premier League via RB Salzburg. Liverpool stars Sadio Mané and Naby Keïta both took that route, and Daka has spoken of his admiration for the pair.
In an interview with Red Bull, he said: “They inspire me in so many ways in their personality, their professionalism and seeing also that they come from Africa – where I come from – it’s a motivation to know that if they can make it, I can also make it.”
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