The Tykes boosted their fire-power on deadline day with Dike’s arrival, with the 20-year-old impressing people in his first season at the MLS club by scoring eight goals in 17 games.
His form earned him a call-up to the United States national team recently, and he made his debut on Sunday against Trinidad & Tobago – a cap which allowed the deal to go through.
Had he not made an appearance then his move would’ve fallen through because of new international transfer regulations for English clubs.
A powerhouse who is seemingly highly-rated across the Atlantic, it was a surprise to see that Barnsley had an option to make the deal a permanent one – many assumed that Murphy was using his American links to offer Dike game-time in preparation for the MLS season’s return in April.
But it has now been confirmed that Barnsley do indeed have the option to purchase, but the initial $20 million figure banded about is from the land of make-believe.
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“The club’s history with transfers and how high we’ve gone in the past is well-known,” Murphy told Doug O’Kane of the Barnsley Chronicle.
“You just laugh at some of the numbers being thrown around. It’s silly season.”
According to transfermarkt, Barnsley’s most recent cash signings came in the £750,000 to £1.25 million region – that’s a far cry from $20 million.
Considering Dike is now a US international and his MLS scoring record is good, you can hazard a guess that his fee will probably be around the £2 million mark, but it could be a little higher or lower.
But it isn’t like an MLS club to give away their top prospects so cheaply, and it’s likely that more detail will come out if the striker does indeed turn his temporary move to Yorkshire into a permanent one.
Barnsley could end up getting a real bargain out of this deal if Dike shows his potential.
A lot has been said about the quality of the MLS over the years, but it is gradually improving and there is some talented youngsters in that league, with Dike being picked fifth overall in the SuperDraft last year.
The 20-year-old helped Orlando to the Eastern Conference semi finals, a decent feat indeed, and he definitely has the physicality required to be a success in the Football League .
He just needs to prove that he has a goalscoring touch at the level and if he has that, then Barnsley could have another success story using ‘Moneyball’.