It’s been a few weeks of conflicting emotions for USMNT fans. Which I suppose is a slight improvement on just total dread, sorrow, and Cure makeup, the usual state in which we find ourselves. Take our victories where we can find them, I guess.
To sum up, Dike has been an all-action forward for Barnsley. The English Championship is an intensely physical league, played through some pretty grimy fields in some pretty grimy English conditions with defenders who may or may not possess a tire iron on the field. And at just age-20 Dike has handled himself more than adequately. He has been installed as Barnsley’s entire attacking fulcrum.
And since he arrived, the team as a whole have taken off. They’ve won 10 of 14 matches, and have rocketed up the table to be firmly in the playoff places with six games to go. These two things are definitely connected.
We’ve been here before, with dozens of names. Just a few weeks ago, Matthew Hoppe banged in a hat trick for Schalke that had our tails up. He has two goals in 13 games since for an admittedly wretched team. The list of names I could rattle off that I hoped at one time could sharpen the USMNT is almost too painful. Wolff, Razov, Altidore, Johnson, Johansson, Ching, Wood… and that’s only a smattering of broken dreams and false hopes and straight-up boozed-up hail marys. You could do this for days.
It’s too much to put on Dike not even 40 games into his professional career. He’s much more likely to end up on that list than not.
But please don’t.
dike..he needs to work on his first touch...I think going to a decent EPL mid table side or to belgium or to holland could be better for him....maybe in 2-3 yrs he will be ready for the EPL but who knows...however, he has surprised be thus far so may be he can now.
Dike is having a crazy ass rise. He is BIG, FAST and STRONG....he can head the ball in or kick it in. His shots are powerful. 2 centerbacks need to mark him cuz hes so big so thats what makes him pretty good right now and is helping barnsley to get promoted?
He still doesnt have a good first touch yet....If he can work on his technique a bit more...dude can be a monster.
USMNT's Daryl Dike: How the young American striker helped turn Barnsley into an unlikely promotion contender