After completing a permanent transfer from Salzburg on Wednesday, the Zambian striker is ready to embark on a new adventure in the Premier League
The newly signed Patterson Dhaka of Leicester City described Jamie Vardy as one of his admired players and has been an ardent follower of the club since the success of the 2016 Premier League.
The 22-year-old has signed a five-year contract with RB Salzburg, and he looks forward to learning and playing with the England international, who has been the Fox’s top scorer for the past six seasons.
Wednesday’s conversion is a new challenge for Dhaka. He won the Austrian Bundesliga top scorer award with 27 goals in 28 games last season.
The Zambian international expressed his admiration for Vardy’s quality and his willingness to make a statement in “one of the best leagues in the world”.
“I have been following them since Leicester City won the Premier League,” Dhaka said Club’s website“I pay attention to their game and their playing style. Jamie Vardy is one of the players I admire because of his playing style and the qualities he has.
“I am very happy to have this opportunity to be with him and learn from him. This is just a privilege for me. The Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world. I have been preparing for this challenge. I I know it will not be easy, but no one says it will be easy!”
Since leaving the Zambian Celtics in 2017, Dhaka has spent the past four years in Austria, where he became famous for his scoring ability and won four consecutive league championships.
Before England’s new adventure, the 2017 Caf Youth Player of the Year admitted that he needs to quickly gain a foothold in Brendan Rogers’ team, where he will compete with Ghana’s Daniel Amati, Nigeria The duo Kelley Ishinacho and Wilfred Endidi are linked.
“I must let [my playing style] Suit! I have adapted to the environment. I was not used to this environment at first, but I had to make it work,” he continued.
“In the Premier League, I have to know what I have to do to make me feel relaxed. My style of play depends on the situation of the game and the type of opponent I face. This is what I like to do, to score goals. It’s just a different feeling. As a forward, this is what I expect from me.”