Leeds could well sign a Mark Viduka-like player in Barnsley striker Daryl Dike.
According to TEAMtalk, Marcelo Bielsa’s side are among a number of Premier League clubs interested in signing the 20-year-old this summer, with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea also said to have been impressed.
The 6 foot 2 powerhouse has been tearing up the Championship since joining from MLS side Orlando City on a loan deal back in the January transfer window, smashing in five goals in just 11 league games – his goal-scoring form has fired Barnsley into the play-off spots, just five points off third-place Swansea.
In a player profile piece done by SBNation, it noted: “A physical striker, Dike is more than a bruising finisher. His ‘delicate touch’ and high level of technical ability belie his size, enabling a confidence in possession with both passing and dribbling. That said, he scores a lot of goals in a variety of ways. Headed finishes, short-range placement, and long-range bombs, the 6’2” attacker can do it all.”
That combination of power and skill is very much reminiscent of Viduka in his prime.
Indeed, in a piece for Leeds Live, Jon Howe wrote about the Australian forward: “He was an ominous physical specimen, an old-fashioned centre forward in many respects, but mixed a formidable presence with a delicate technique that made him the purest example of a ‘good touch for a big fella’ player you are ever likely to see.”
Dike’s former coach at Virginia, George Gelnovatch, meanwhile was quick to insist that his game was far more than just what he could do with the ball, saying: “But one of the things about him that nobody ever talks about is relentlessness. He is a relentless competitor, a ruthless guy on the field. You put that inside a body like his, and it’s pretty impressive.”
That mentality and competitive spirit will surely go down a treat with Bielsa, with the Argentine known for trying to squeeze every last ounce of blood, sweat and tears from his players, game-in and game-out.
Dike would fit in perfectly at Elland Road, and given his similarities to Viduka, he is surely someone Victor Orta should be all over when the summer transfer window opens.