Chelsea have joined a host of Premier League clubs in pursuing Red Bull Salzburg striker Patson Daka, according to reports in the German media.
After scoring 34 goals in all competitions last season, the Zambian international has already been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and West Ham.
Supporters on Twitter are split on whether a move for Daka would be a good idea, especially as some feel he would be a big downgrade if the Blues don’t manage to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland:
that’s not haaland 😭
— َ (@couttsy15) June 11, 2021
He’s not bad tbf
— فواز الحربي 🇵🇸 (@cfc_fawaz) June 11, 2021
— Pulisic_Jnr (@Chigbo_Uchenna) June 11, 2021
No thank you, Erling Haaland only
— CFC CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE (@cfc0208) June 11, 2021
No we want Haaland 💙 he is the deal
— Whekzy💙 (@LabanWekz) June 11, 2021
Patson daka is complete striker Chelsea go and get am
— Asokere James (@AsokereJames01) June 11, 2021
He got insane stats
— Usama Ali Minhas 🇵🇸 (@minhasusama1) June 11, 2021
— #FreeHaaland⭐️⭐️ (@WernerPr0p) June 11, 2021
Guy is a great talent
— M.S.Hariish (@ImHariish) June 11, 2021
Would rather keep Tammy.
— DC (@CFCcdC) June 11, 2021
There are actually some legitimate comparisons to make between Daka and Haaland. Before joining Dortmund in the 2020 January transfer window, Haaland had bagged 29 goals for Salzburg in 27 appearances. Daka managed 34 in 42 last campaign.
One notable difference, though, is that Daka has only scored three goals in 16 Champions League games, and if we take Europe’s top competition as a barometer of a player’s performance, it would suggest he hasn’t yet reached the same standards as Haaland.