It’s been a difficult start to the new season for Leicester City, but they’ll be hoping to get back to winning ways when they take on Championship outfit Millwall in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
A 2-1 defeat at the hands of Brighton and Hove Albion last time out made it back-to-back league defeats for the Foxes and condemned them to their third loss in just seven games in all competitions.
A major concern for manager Brendan Rodgers is how his charges appear to be struggling at both ends of the pitch at this moment in time. Veteran striker Jamie Vardy is the only Foxes player to score more than one goal in 2021/22, while Sunday’s disappointing display means that Leicester have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last five outings.
However, the solution to one of those issues could be a rather simple one. Summer signing Patson Daka was brought to the King Power Stadium back in July in a £23m deal after lighting up the Austrian Bundesliga with Red Bull Salzburg.
In just 125 appearances for Salzburg, the Zambia international bagged an incredible 68 goals, laying on a further 27 assists for his teammates as he displayed his game-changing ability.
His outstanding displays for both club and country led to former Zambia head coach Herve Renard once describing the clinical speed demon as a “very promising player”, and he’s certainly had no problem living up to that billing since.
Rodgers must now award the 22-year-old another chance to impress from the off in Leicester’s midweek encounter, potentially discovering the answer to their attacking conundrums.
Daka made his first start for the Midlands outfit against Napoli in the Europa League and stood out against the Italian giants, seeing a well-taken effort ruled out for a tight offside before he was substituted midway through the second half.
Becoming acclimatised to the pace, physicality and different demands that English football places upon players usually takes time, but facing off against Championship opposition could be the ideal way for the 22-year-old to get up to speed.