He continued his phenomenal form with an 11-minute hat-trick against Sturm Graz at the Red Bull Arena on Sunday as Salzburg chase an eighth straight title.
Since returning from a hamstring injury in November, Daka has now plundered 17 goals in just 13 Austrian Bundesliga matches, scoring in all but two. They’re the only league games he’s not scored in all season.
The striker, compared to Samuel Eto’o and Sadio Mane by Zambia head coach Milutin Sredejovic, also netted four times for his country against Zimbabwe and Algeria over the international break.
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And the way so many other Salzburg players have taken the step-up – usually to sister club RB Leipzig – in their stride suggest he could be a very shrewd buy this summer.
Liverpool duo Mane and Naby Keita are among the previous African talents to have been schooled at Leipzig.
Zambian Daka has been linked with a whole host of Premier League clubs already including Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal.
United, City and Chelsea are all also in hot pursuit of Dortmund’s Haaland, who has been priced at £127.5million (€150m) ahead of the summer transfer window.
Reports in Austria have indicated that he could be available for around £17m (€20m) – or in other words around £110m less than clubs can sign Haaland for. If he could maintain his conversion rate in Austria were he to move to England, that would be money very well spent.
Daka has previously admitted that he grew up a Liverpool fan, but with his father a Chelsea fan and his sister an Arsenal supporter, those ties are unlikely to stop him from landing elsewhere in the Premier League given the career step-up it would represent.
An energetic player who has excellent work-rate and willingly harries defenders, Daka has great pace and sharp movement, and obviously, high-level finishing ability. He can score capably off of either foot.
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Daka has sought to play down comparisons to former team-mate Haaland and said last summer: “I’m not the next anything. There’ll only be one Haaland and there’ll only be one Patson. I just want to become the best vision of myself.”
There are qualities though that Daka offers that Haaland does not so much, particularly off the ball in how much he presses and tackles his opponents.
But as low-cost Plan Bs go, Daka could be ideal, either for Chelsea or for United.
With at least one of the two set to be disappointed in the pursuit of Haaland, and possibly even both, perhaps they should be looking at Salzburg where the ‘next Haaland’ is waiting to be signed.