Harare – After bagging the Austrian Bundesliga Player of the Season gong for 2020-2021, Zambia international soccer striker Patson Daka has been nominated for yet another prize at a time there are reports linking him to a potential to English Premier League giants Liverpool.
The 22-year-old Red Bull Salzburg star has been shortlisted for the Bundesliga Sky Sports Player of the Season Award. He is battling it out against FK Austria star Patrick Pentz, Michael Liendl of Wolfsberger AC, SK Sturm Graz’s Jakob Jantscher, Ercan Kara of SK Rapid Vienna and LASK Linz’s Gernot Trauner.
Daka, who top-scored in the division with 34 goals, is the odds-on favourite for the prize although Pentz is also a close contender.
Commenting on the prize he has already bagged and the nomination, Daka said “What a memorable season,none of this would’ve been archived without the team and fans support.”
Meanwhile, the Chipolopolo forward has been linked with a summer transfer to Liverpool in England.
There are reports that Daka will be Jurgen Klopp’s second signing of the close-season following the arrival of defensive link Ibrahima Konate from German Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.
The Zambian is also understood to be keen on joining the Reds, whom he performed impressively against in a pre-season friendly last year.
Liverpool’s English Premier League rivals West Ham United are also understood to be angling for one of the hottest players in Europe at the moment.
Despite all the success and the headlines, Daka is keeping his feet on the ground and humbly attributes his breakthrough to fellow countryman and club teammate, Enock Mwepu.
Mwepu joined Red Bull Salzburg six months after Daka and their combination has been nothing short of explosive.
“When Enock arrived, I stopped missing home. In those first months in Salzburg, we shared a room at the Red Bull Football Academy in Liefering. We spent all our free time together. We spoke about everything that was on our minds,” said Daka.
“The better we got to know each other, the more we fought for each other out there and the more easily success came to us. All I had to do was convert his amazing passes into goals. Enock made life incredibly easy for me.”
And Mwepu in turn pays tribute to Daka.
“It has always been greatly inspiring for me to see how far Patson has come on. It’s given me the motivation to train and work harder to achieve the things he has. He has always been the leader in our team, and I wanted to be like him,” said Mwepu.