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…
Barnsley announced an exciting transfer on deadline day as they welcomed 20-year-old striker Daryl Dike from MLS side Orlando City.
One of the hottest young prospects on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, Dike has made the move initially on loan with a view to gaining game-time before the new MLS season kicks off in April, but there’s an option for the Tykes to turn the loan into a permanent deal.
Ironically Dike’s move wouldn’t have gone through if it wasn’t for his debut appearance for the USA on Sunday, coming off the bench in the 65th minute against Trinidad & Tobago, and that was enough for him to gain a work permit for his switch to South Yorkshire.
Should Valerien Ismael be considering throwing him straight into the starting line-up though for Barnsley’s clash against Derby County?
The FLW team give their thoughts on the matter…
I don’t see why not.
Barnsley are in a funny position where a decent run of form could open the door for the play-offs potentially, but a bad run of form could see them slip into danger.
Ismael, then, has to play his best players, and he’s made it no secret that they have been after a striker for a while.
Dike looks to be a really impressive signing, he looks like a quick, powerful striker who could add some real strength to the front line.
I’d throw him in and get him in the team so he can get used to the standard of the Championship as soon as possible.