Premier League

Leicester City's Daka makes full Premier League debut in Aston Villa defeat

7:15 AM WAT 06/12/2021
Patson Daka of Leicester City and Zambia.
The Zambia striker got the nod to start ahead of Jamie Vardy at Villa Park on Sunday

Patson Daka made his full Premier League debut in Leicester City's 2-1 defeat against Aston Villa on Sunday.

Daka's last five league appearances have been as a substitute and Sunday's decision saw him displace the club's top scorer Jamie Vardy to the bench.

The 23-year-old started alongside Harvey Barnes and Ademola Lookman upfront but the Foxes failed to extend their unbeaten away run to five matches.

Brendan Rodgers' decision to switch his frontline turned out to be productive in the opening 15 minutes with Daka assisting Barnes to open the scoring for the visitors at Villa Park.

The lead, however, did not last long as Ezri Konsa scored the equaliser for Steven Gerrard's side in the 17th minute.

Daka has only contributed a goal and an assist since his permanent move to the King Power Stadium in June, his debut goal came in a 4-2 defeat of Manchester United in October.

Unfortunately, after the restart, Leicester City found themselves behind as Konsa scored his second goal of the encounter in the 54th minute.

Daka saw 78 minutes of action before he was replaced by Ayoze Perez while Lookman made way for Vardy's introduction in the 65th minute.

Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi played the entire duration and his compatriot Kelechi Iheanacho later came on for Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall with four minutes left on the clock.
Meanwhile, Rodgers was pleased with the performances of Daka and Dewsbury-Hall who made their first starts in the English top-flight on Sunday despite the loss.

"Patson was excellent, his pressing was really good, he the linked game well, he did really well for the opening goal, then we moved him over to the right and that doesn’t quite suit him. overall, he was excellent," Rodgers said, as per Leicester Mercury.

"Kiernan was very good in the first half, he was crisp with his passing, getting into the box. In the second half he was a bit loose at times, but overall I'm really pleased with his contribution. He accepted the burden of the game."

The loss left Leicester City tied on 19 points with Aston Villa after 15 matches, but they occupy the 10th spot with a superior goal difference.