‘I just wanted to read and find out about Leicester’ – Brendan Rodgers reveals that Patson Daka only asked for books on his new club during quarantine while greeting the ‘big guy’
- Patson Daka joined Leicester from RB Salzburg over the summer
- The Zambian forward has scored five goals in his last two games for the club
- Brendan Rodgers has been impressed with him both on and off the field
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers greeted bookworm Patson Daka and insisted he would make his mark in the Premier League.
The Zambian forward has five goals in his last two games after his historic four-goal run in the Europa League.
The Foxes will face Brentford on Sunday after their thrilling 4-3 win at Spartak Moscow on Wednesday.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers praised bookworm Patson Daka
Daka’s four strikes made club history by becoming the first Leicester player to score a European hat-trick and the first player to score four in a game in 63 years.
The 23-year-old moved to Leicester from RB Salzburg in the summer and Rodgers is impressed with his character and hopes he will shine in the top flight.
He said: ‘When he came in and had to do his quarantine, he was going to be stuck inside for 10 days, the club was great asking him what he wanted: tellies, PlayStations or whatever, and he didn’t want anything. . Just some books.
“ I wanted to read, find out about Leicester; probably, maybe he read Vardy’s book. He’s a great guy, full of life, and he loves it here. Your game will continually improve.
“He has a natural ability to sniff a goal and that will show here in the Premier League. Patson was always one of us who wanted to give that little bit of time to adapt to the way we work, the league.
The Zambian forward has five goals in his last two games after his historic four-goal run
“He has scored his first Premier League goal, the first Zambian player to score, and then scoring four goals was an incredible individual achievement.”
Marc Albrighton is likely to be out for up to three weeks after being injured by Aleksandr Lomovitskiy’s poor entry in Russia, but Ayoze Perez is available after staying out of the Moscow trip due to illness.
Wilfred Ndidi will be out for another month, but James Justin will resume training shortly after recovering from a serious knee injury. Wesley Fofana remains unconscious with a broken leg.
Leicester are 11th in the Premier League, having beaten Manchester United 4-2 last weekend after an inconsistent start to the season.
Rodgers added: ‘Right now, without much preparation time, mistakes are being eliminated.
‘If we can eliminate mistakes and not give away goals, we will be fine. We have shown from the offensive front that we have a constant threat and that we score goals.
“We will improve as long as we stop conceding stupid goals.”