Even though the selection of USA gave rest to most of his players who are active in the clubs of the Old Continent, the coach Gregg Berhalther continues to count on striking and talented footballers to fight for the 2021 Gold Cup title, one of them is the striker Daryl Dike.
Born in Edmond, Oklahoma, the American was raised in the ranks of the Orlando City, debuting in 2020, quickly making the leap to Europe to enroll with the Barnsley of the EFL Championship, England’s second division, being taken into account by his team despite his youth, adding a score in three games played.
However, even though he had a remarkable performance with The Tykes, the adventure of breaking the web in British football was short, since he returned with the Lions for the current season of the Major League Soccer, because they did not want to sell their jewel, although very probably it will return in a short time to jump the ocean for a second chance.
How was your season?
Just in his first season (2020) wearing the colors of the Florida team, the attacker managed to transform eight touchdowns, including a double at the Nahsville SC, and provide three assists in 17 games, helping the club to establish itself in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 41 units, arriving up to Playoffs. In this phase, they were measured at New York City FC, equaling 1-1 in regular time, leaving victorious those of the Exploria Stadium through penalties 6-5. However, their path culminated in the semifinals when they were beaten 1-3 by New england revolution with a double of the Argentine Gustavo Bou.
In the same way, he had a chance to see action in the championship MLS is Back, with 46 minutes in three matches. Orlando he overcame the Group Stage with three wins and a draw, in the round of 16 he hit by the minimum Montreal Impact, in quarters they were imposed from the penalty spot to Los Angeles FC, in the semifinals he went ahead 3-1 against Minnesota United, but lost the grand final 2-1 against Portland Timbers.
When I arrive at the Barnsley by the beginning of 2021, that is, in the middle of the Championship, the 21-year-old footballer adjusted to perfection, taking only four games to score his first goal, leaving outstanding numbers with nine touchdowns in 19 games, including two doubles, one to the Wycombe wanderers and another to Luton. Thanks to this, the red box was able to access the Playoffs, but succumbed 2-1 on aggregate to the Swansea city, thus preventing them from fighting for promotion to the First Division.
With respect to FA Cup, the North American team could only participate in one match, precisely in the fifth round, being present for 31 minutes in the fall by the minimum against the Chelsea.
It was in February of this year when he received his first call with The Stars and Stripes, playing 25 minutes against Trinidad and Tobago. In March I added 27 minutes before England and was also a participant in the last friendly before the gold Cup, contributing a goal in the 4-0 win over the Ticos.
Finally, in this season, Dike He has been in four games, transforming a double against San Jose Earthquakes, helping Lions to settle on the second rung of the Eastern Conference with 21 points, although it is likely that the network breaker will not end the contest because there are clubs from the Premier League interested in their services, such as the Watford.
For a long time the United States has provided a prototype of the American athlete, just as it is Dike, who had a presence in youth teams to later reach the University where he was able to obtain a contract with Adidas generation, which helped him be chosen in the draft of the MLS for Orlando City. It may sound like a movie story, but it was.
Speaking of football, his 1.87 meters height allows the center forward to have a high presence on the pitch, without neglecting his strong physique, however, not everything has to do with the physical because he also has a great mental capacity , what has been seen by how he touches the ball, his passes and cunning to move between rivals and run.
Likewise, he has a powerful jump, an intuition to recognize spaces that can be attacked by teammates who come from behind, and he can also receive the ball to leave it in front of his colleagues.
In addition to this, he has the facility to evade rivals through his body, also recognizing opportunities, with or without the ball, that allow him to position himself while waiting for the pass or attack, face and defend, in addition to his good definition within the area.
“When you get to the professional level, I think you have to learn how to use your brain a little more, either to create spaces or to learn how to control the game”, he once expressed when questioned about his high performance in the field.
Barely a year and a half of professional experience, Dike He already showed his credentials, reason for him to be compared to the Belgian Romelu lukaku, who knows how to use and take advantage of his body to overcome rivals, as well as being intelligent with his movements.
Both in the USA like in England, they see a prosperous future for him, because once he reached the Barnsley, the club won all six league games, giving hope of being promoted to the Premier League.
Not only that, but the Leonese player revealed to ESPN that precisely the Belgian of Inter Milan is his current idol, receiving the nickname of the ‘Lukaku from Oklahoma’.
“I think I’m quite athletic in terms of size and speed, and I like to think of myself as a smart player in terms of movement. I want to be a lethal spiker and I want to have a good delay for people to come into play. I know I can improve. in those things, but I’m not worried because I know they will come with more training, time and experience. I have been fortunate to have many coaches who have played many different styles. I think I have been able to play in different systems and have been able to have an impact. I know that because of my physique, I can be used for a certain style of play, but if I need to play in other ways, I can too. I’ve always said I wanted to play with the best players in the best leagues. My only goal is to do what I can now and keep trying to get there. I have always dreamed of playing at the highest level and English football is one of those levels for me. It’s amazing to be able to experience it at such a young age. “, shared in an interview with Sky Sports.
Carlton morris, former partner of the American in the Barnsley: “I really admire that kid. I think people forget that he’s 20 years old and that he came from America to Barnsley and probably never heard of him before. He came from America and he was fantastic and was instrumental in our season at LA. way we play “.
The Colombian Oscar Pareja, your technician in Orlando: “Daryl, you see, he has done very well. Just the experience of being there (in Europe), that environment, he adapted immediately. So we are very happy for him. Now, there have been rumors of interest and things like that. We knew it was going to happen, but right now, we are enjoying seeing one more young American win in Europe in a very competitive championship. I think it shows the world how much talent we have here and we are very proud of it. His maturity is very clear. His movements are solid. I can see the connections he’s making with his teammates, the game itself makes more sense. “.
The middle Sky Sports: “Daryl, just 20 years old, has been a revelation and is doing it all somewhere with conditions very different than he’s used to in the sunshine state of Florida. To go well is to fall short. Dike has scored nine times since joined the club in 19 championship appearances, helping shoot a team that avoided the skin of its teeth last season in the game. In the second half of the campaign, the forward has been right in the heart of it, taking them from the middle of the table to the top six. It was a whirlwind arrival. One minute he was in training camp with the US national team. The next day he was signing at Oakwell and making his FA Cup debut. against Chelsea, the club he supported growing up in Oklahoma. He has received advice from two teammates to help him, Dom Dwyer and Nani. “.
Gareth ainsworth, technician of the Wycombe: “They have Daryl Dike up front, who was a real focal point for them, their American was on his hay day because he was really hitting, twisting and scoring goals. He had a good game. He impressed me a lot.”.
The American scorer has a rating of 68, with the possibility of increasing its level up to 80Quite remarkable numbers for a young man who has barely been a year and a half in his professional career, but who has already tasted the flavors of the military in Europe.
His highest grades are strength (94), sprint speed (7), jumping (72), and shooting strength (80).
The footballer of Orlando City appears with a rating of 53However, by being aware of its potential it can rise to 70, having as best roles support, pressure on attack and support on offense.
He excels at various points such as refinement, passing, penalty kick, aggression, and pace.
With the absence of the star forwards, such as Konrad of the Fountain, Jozy altidore, Timothy weah Y Josh sargent, Dike has high chances of being able to manifest as a starting striker, having tough competition with Gyasi zardes, Matthew hoppe Y Paul Arriola.
Either way, it is practically a given that the coach will give the player of the game minutes. Orlando City, either starting or relay, being able to use his ability to play post and enable the rest of his teammates, who could try the long-distance shot, although he could also use his strong physique and powerful shot to test the rival goalkeeper .
Undoubtedly, the American will try to show his best version, already knowing that he is followed in the Premier League, to convince that they should sign him despite his 21 years. It will be your showcase so that you are not only known in England, but in the other big leagues.
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