While the club’s supporters think they need to cheer, perhaps the Zambia star could be a cost-effective solution.
Chelsea’s current status as European champions places the club in a strong position to add real quality to their squad for next season and subsequent campaigns.
The Blues’ victory in the 2012 Champions League transformed Eden Hazard, the generational talent from Lille’s Ligue 1 side, which resulted in a string of titles for West London, including two Premier League titles and several Europa League victories.
Having boasted a slew of subsequent players last summer, it was imperative for Stamford Bridge’s 2020/21 fourth-place finish to the off-season to effectively consolidate it.
Not only did Thomas Tuchel’s forces end up in coveted European positions, but they did better with CL, and there is no better time to build from a position of strength.
Erling Haaland’s name has been making the rounds this week with strong reports suggesting Roman Abramovich is keen to flaunt the power of nature for Borussia Dortmund. Without a doubt, it is hard to even question the club’s interest in the 20-year-old striker given his unquestionable ability and ability to deliver.
Having said that, the astronomical Norwegian asking price, wage requirements and commission fees could all undermine the London side’s ambitious pursuit of a pioneer.
A move for former Inter Milan striker and best player, Romelu Lukaku, has been touted, but the Serie A side is demanding a bonus and the Belgium star is reiterating his commitment. Nerazzurri Recently complicates a possible transfer.
The first option remains Harry Kane, who appears intent on leaving north London before the start of the next semester. However, the difficulty of striking a deal with the relentless Daniel Levy and the hatred between the clubs suggest that a move to the bridge may be a long way off.
When your options seem limited to complex goals, you are left with three possibilities: break the bank for one of the three, stick to what you have for another season or pounce on the left-field option.
Nobody distinguishes the latter more than Patson Dhaka, the 22-year-old Zambian whose thriving reputation has made him one of the most popular properties in Europe of late.
Chelsea fans may not be excited or excited about the prospect of settling on the Red Bull Salzburg player, but there is logic in the acquisition of the prolific striker.
His superior prowess in front of the bellies of the goal in his youth, which resulted in 51 goals in the Austrian league in the past two seasons. A closer examination of Daka’s strikes shows his astonishing position puts him on the receiving end of opportunity.
A large percentage of his goals are one-touch finishing after darts at the back, cleverly positioning himself inside the six-yard box or cleverly sneaking up behind his pen before calling for deliveries from outside or through balls.
The young shooter’s target conversion (27 percent) outperforms Lukaku and Kane—25 and 17 percent, respectively—and is only bettered by Haaland’s 29 percent conversion rate. The breakdown of Daka’s goals – 16 with his right foot, 7 with his left hits and four with his headers – indicates that he is skilled at finishing with both feet and headers capable of the ball.
In 2019/20, 11 of Zambia’s 24 goals were scored with his weakest foot, suggesting that the season just ended was not a one-off.
By contrast, the great Dortmund player scored only two goals with his right foot on 20/21, the Englishman scored three with his left foot, while the Inter star scored a somewhat improved six of his 16 goals with his right foot.
Regardless of his poaching instincts, the Zambian striker puts on solid yards off the ball that fit Tuchel’s out-of-pocket style.
In last season’s European competition, Dhaka outperformed Kane and Lukaku due to pressures in the offensive third of the pitch for all 90, with only Haaland outselling the African.
Interestingly, only the England striker had more pressure in the middle third than the Salzburg player, but the 22-year-old had much higher pressure than the three strikers mentioned in the defensive third of the field.
Admittedly, there are always reservations about a player cutting mustard or otherwise after a major move to one of Europe’s top five leagues.
If Chelsea opted for Daka, no one would be lost assuming the striker has skipped an unwritten step in his development.
This often sees players leaving Salzburg to join their sister club RB Leipzig or another decent to good team in Europe, before moving to a destination club.
There is a feeling among Blues fans that their club needs a text signature to fill the void of having a reliable attacking heart capable of hitting the double figures.
Daka is not a household name and nothing is certain, but his age, talent and profile suggest he could be the right fit that equally boosts building a healthy team in West London.