Colin Murray and Richie Wellens were waxing lyrical about reported Leeds United target Daryl Dike after the striker impressed for Barnsley on Monday.
Dike, 20, is currently on loan at Oakwell from MLS outfit Orlando City and since joining the Tykes in January, he’s netted seven goals in 13 Championship appearances.
Last month, TeamTalk reported Leeds were among a number of Premier League teams to have closely watched the USA international.
On Easter Monday, he scored twice for Barnsley as they beat Luton 2-1 and that led to big praise from EFL on Quest host Murray and ex-Salford and Swindon manager Wellens.
As shown on Quest’s Twitter account, Murray said: “Let’s talk about Dike. He’s been a revelation coming over from the States. You know they’re going to have to pay £17million if they’re going to keep him?”
Wellens replied: “Well I can’t see Barnsley paying £17million unless they really fancy him. I take my hat off to him, first of all for swapping the weather in Orlando to come over the Barnsley. That’s a bit of a left-wing one.
“He’s done great. He scores goals, he’s quick, he’s powerful and he’s given Barnsley a whole new dimension to the game.”
— Quest (@QuestTV) April 5, 2021
Too much for Barnsley – too much for Leeds?
Dike has been in fine form at Oakwell and has shown that he can perform in English football with a superb goal return in his first 13 Championship appearances.
As Wellens said, the American striker is pacey and strong and that suits most strikers in the English game.
However, does it suit Marcelo Bielsa’s system?
Patrick Bamford isn’t the fastest nor the strongest of strikers. He’s very good with the ball at his feet and is clinical in the box.
Bamford’s a lot better at linking up with fellow attacking players whereas Dike, who has no assists this season, seems to be more the man who gets on the end of things and creates opportunities for himself due to his physique.
If Bielsa wants a new striker, he can go in one of two directions. He can sign a like-for-like back-up for Bamford or he could sign someone with different attributes to maybe offer something else up front.
Dike could do that but £17million for a young striker, who’s had a good couple of months and won’t be a starter it s a lot of money to pay.
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