Daryl Dike and Yorkshire have met before. Not at Leeds United, of course, but rewind to last season and you may remember the stocky American forward in the red of Barnsley.
His experience of playing in the north of England will bring back fond memories, finding the net on nine occasions in 22 outings.
It was an eye-catching spell in English forward for Dike who has rightfully now attracted the eyes of those in the Premier League.
Leeds are one of the teams interested in his services and it’s easy to see why. The 21-year-old has 28 career goals, experience of English football, and Marcelo Bielsa’s men are in desperate need of an extra striker.
Patrick Bamford has played just once since September because of an ankle injury and those who have filled in for the England international, have hardly performed well.
In the process, the Welshman has also left Bielsa furious.
After a dismal outing against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup, Leeds Live reporter Beren Cross noted the following: “Roberts received the ball in a promising position last night with Arsenal out of shape and rather than look to turn Maitland-Niles, as he had the time to do, he waited and looked for contact from behind to go down.
“The referee waved played on and the hosts took the ball away. Bielsa was furious and barked immediately for Gelhardt to come on.”
Indeed, his performances since have hardly improved and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Leeds boss barked for Dike to come and replace him next month.
The young forward plays in MLS at the moment so it’s hard to get a fair reflection for how he may perform in the Premier League.
That being said, he is a genuine goalscorer and a scary opponent for any defender to deal with.
Former teammate Jordan Williams once commented: “Daryl has got a rocket of a right foot. I think he’s similar to Lukaku. He hasn’t scored as many goals yet, but he can hit a ball just as hard.”
Romelu Lukaku has been a feared prospect for a number of years now and should Dike perform anything like the Chelsea forward if he joins the Whites, he’d turn out to be a magnificent capture.
It’s evident that Leeds are in a big hole at the moment and without a reliable striker in the form of Roberts, they are never going to improve. That’s exactly why they need to delve into the January market to axe him.