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FPL signings: Clinical Daka adds to Leicester options

The Scout 30 Jun 2021
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The Scout on the striker who boasted a better conversion rate than Vardy and Iheanacho in 2020/21

The Scout looks at the Fantasy Premier League potential of the summer signings ahead of the 2021/22 season.

Patson Daka (LEI) £7.5m

Daka's arrival will boost Leicester City’s attacking potential in 2021/22 Fantasy.

The 22-year-old has boasted a prolific record for Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg over the past two seasons.

He has scored 51 goals and supplied 10 assists in 59 league appearances during that period.

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Daka’s signing suggests the Foxes will continue with a front two this season, following a change of formation midway through the last campaign.

Brendan Rodgers switched to a 3-4-1-2 system, partnering Jamie Vardy (£10.5m) with Kelechi Iheanacho (£7.5m) up front.

Iheanacho seized his opportunity by scoring 12 goals from Gameweek 22 onwards, more than any other forward in Fantasy.

Vardy also enjoyed a strong campaign, combining 15 goals with 14 assists in Fantasy.

2020/21 forward comparison
  Daka Vardy Iheanacho
Goals 27 15 12
Shots 101 82 59
Goal conversion 26.1% 18.3% 20.3%
Assists 4 14 2
Mins per goal/assist 63.2 98.1 104.0

Daka’s arrival now gives Rodgers the chance to rotate his forwards.

The Zambian was the most prolific of the trio last term, scoring 27 goals. He was also the most clinical, converting 26.1 per cent of his shots.

Only one of those strikes was a penalty, which highlights Daka’s significant threat from open play. 

By comparison, eight of Vardy’s 15 goals were penalties. 

Tielemans boost?

If 34-year-old Vardy's minutes are managed, Youri Tielemans (£6.5m) could get a greater share of penalty duties. The Belgian scored his side's two other converted spot-kicks in 2020/21.

Leicester’s early schedule certainly looks encouraging, with Rodgers' side facing only one of last season’s top five teams in the opening seven Gameweeks. 

If Daka can secure his role as a regular starter, he could thrive during that run, offering major value in Fantasy. 

However, managers will need to monitor Rodgers’ tactics and the game time of his forwards during pre-season to further assess the new signing's early potential.

See: Summer 2021 Latest Transfers & News

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Part 3: White increases Tierney potential
Part 4: What Ings' arrival means for Watkins
Part 5: Grealish can boost De Bruyne’s output
Part 6: Lukaku could shake up Fantasy teams
Part 7: Varane boosts Shaw and Fernandes

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