Daka Eases the Loss of Haaland with Fantastic Stretch

Its seemed as if the January transfer window stripped Red Bull Salzburg of their best offensive assets following the departure of Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino but the opportunity has opened up for the young Zambian striker Patson Daka. Since taking up the starting spot he has put up impressive numbers and grown exponentially under manager Jesse Marsch.

“It makes me proud that I am on a good scoring run,” said Daka during a team interview. “The goals and the victories are the reward for all the work we put together.”

Daka joined Salzburg at the age of 18, sitting under the likes of Munas Dabbur and Haaland before earning the spot at the top of the attack. This season he has not just impressed but surpassed expectation by scoring 23 league goals in 25 games. He is just two behind the league leader and could finish with the Golden Boot should the team continue their offensive output.

Daka’s emergence is incredibly important for Salzburg as they were slipping at the start of 2020. LASK put some distance in the standings but, since the restart, the reigning Austrian champions have been undefeated and put distance at the top of the table. Daka is a major part of that and could put himself in good standing for a transfer in the coming years.

“The league title is much more important to me than finishing top goalscorer,” said Daka. “I see it as a great piece of fortune that I could come here.”

Salzburg are back in action on Wednesday against RZ Pellets WAC. They are closing in on their seventh consecutive league title and Daka’s first as the center of the offensive output.

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