This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Everton are reportedly leading the chase for Barnsley loan forward Daryl Dike.
According to TEAMtalk, the 20-year-old’s performances since arriving at Oakwell in January have caught the attention of a number of sides – including Man United, Leeds, and Newcastle – but Everton have shown the most interest.
So, would Dike be a good signing for the Toffees? And is he ready for the top flight?
We quizzed our FLW writers…
Everton could be a potentially really good destination for Dike in the summer.
I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve seen of the forward at Barnsley, but frontline Premier League quality, I don’t think he is yet.
That’s why Everton feel like a really good fit for the youngster.
He would be afforded time to adapt and settle in an environment that, in the long-term, could be really good for him.
Like all transfers, it’ll come down to money too, but Everton are not short of cash and should be able to lure the striker from Orlando with relative ease.
If they really want him, I think Everton could get him.
If you don’t get at least 15/20 on this Barnsley midfielder quiz, can you really call yourself a Tykes fan?
This would be an interesting signing.
You don’t necessarily expect Everton to be in the market for a new centre forward this summer given the fantastic form of Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
But every good team needs competition for places, and Dike is a similar player to Calvert-Lewin the sense that he is strong, tall and quick.
He deserves credit for the way he has adapted to life in English football and in the Championship, and he has shown a different side to his game.
5 goals in 11 games is a good record, too, and he’d certainly be an exciting addition for the Toffees.
I think that this would be a great signing for Everton.
Since making his first appearance for Barnsley in mid-February Dike has scored five times in 11 appearances in the Championship – a strike rate that is up there with the best in the league.
The fact that he’s doing this with Barnsley and yet the American is still only 20 years old suggests that he’s a player who could have a massive future in the game.
Everton would love to have a player of his ilk in the mix, and while it’ll be tough to dislodge Dominic Calvert-Lewin as the club’s top striker, he would certainly make a big impact as a squad option.