Southampton have been linked with a move for Orlando City striker Daryl Dike recently and should he arrive at St Mary’s this summer, he could help to evolve Ralph Hasenhuttl’s attack.
According to TEAMtalk, Southampton are one of several Premier League clubs reportedly monitoring the 20-year-old after his superb performances on loan at Barnsley this season.
However, it won’t be easy for the Saints to strike a deal for the American forward, as the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Leeds United, Everton, Wolves, Crystal Palace, Brighton, Norwich, West Brom and Fulham are all touted with an interest in him ahead of the summer transfer window.
Southampton have struggled in the absence of Danny Ings and Che Adams at times this season which suggests that Hasenhuttl needs to add to his attacking options at St Mary’s ahead of the next campaign if he wants to avoid being dragged into a relegation fight.
Dike showed his class on loan with Barnsley in the Championship, contributing nine goals in 21 appearances after arriving at Oakwell in the January transfer window.
His performances were a key factor in the Yorkshire side’s surprise run to the Championship playoffs this season, although Valerien Ismael’s side would ultimately fall short of promotion as they lost out to Swansea City at the semi-final stage.
The young striker looks to be a serious threat in the air, which is something Hasenhuttl arguably does not possess in his attack at the moment, so the likes of Ings and Adams could work well with Dike if he featured as a target man at St Mary’s.
He would average an impressive 5.9 aerials won per game in the second tier, which is comfortably better than any Southampton player managed this season, with Jannik Vestergaard his closest competitor with just 3.3 aerials won per game.
Considering Ings (0.8) and Adams (1.5) both struggle to win headers, you could argue that signing the six-foot-one forward could help to evolve the way that Southampton play, as it would make them much more dangerous from crosses and set-pieces, where they are obviously already strong due to the quality of James Ward-Prowse.
Therefore, Martin Semmens should definitely consider signing the “unbelievable” striker this summer, as he could prove to be a superb addition to Hasenhuttl’s side ahead of next season.
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