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Patson Daka to face former boss… as Leicester welcome Leeds United

Zambia national team forward Patson Daka will reunite with his former boss Jesse Marsch tomorrow for the first time since his departure from Redbull Salzburg.

Daka and Marsch worked together between 2019 and 2021 at Redbull Salzburg.

The duo went their separate ways as Marsch joined RB Leipzig and Daka trekked to England to join the Foxes.

Marsch was earlier this week appointed, Leeds United boss and his first assignment is a trip to the King Power Stadium to face Daka and his Leicester City teammates.

This will be the first time the two will be on opposite sides since they part ways after enjoying a two year working relationship at the Redbull Arena.

The American knows all too well how prolific the 2017 U-20 AFCON winner is as he scored 68 goals and registered 27 assists in 125 games for the Austrian giants winning four league titles, three Austrian cup titles, and one UEFA Youth League title, The majority of which came under Marsch.

JAMIE IS BACK, THE GOOD AND THE BAD

Jamie Vardy ended his two-month stay on the sidelines on Thursday night as he came from the bench to score and assist in the 2-0 win over Burnley.

Marsch is well aware of the quality that Vardy brings and for his first pre-match press conference he emphasized the importance of the 35 year old.

“Firstly, I think Brendan Rodgers is a very good coach. He’s flexible but also I think has a very clear playing style.

They also have a very good team with Jamie Vardy back, that’s a boost to them. We’ll see if he starts or not, I think based on his performance on Tuesday, I’d expect him to be a good option from the start,” he said.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 07: Patson Daka and Jamie Vardy of Leicester celebrate after the The FA Community Shield match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on August 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

The return of the Leicester legend means Patson Daka’s minutes will be reduced now which does not sit well with most Zambian fans who want to see their star forward play every minute in the ‘best league’ in the world.

However, Vardy’s return could also prove to be a blessing in disguise as it will lift the weight off Daka’s shoulders and back on Vardy.

The Kafue native will now play with more freedom which may quickly help him get back his form which saw him saw in him score 4 goals and assist three in 9 appearances of which he had only started 4 by January.

By January 30th, The Zambian forward was the only player in the English Premier League to average a goal and assist every 1️8️0️ minutes.

The Foxes welcome Leeds United to King Power Stadium on Saturday 12:30pm kick-off (14:30 CAT).

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