West Brom have found goals hard to come by so far this season but they could soon have a solution in the form of Daryl Dike.
The USA international has played just three times for the Baggies since joining from Orlando City in January of this year, with injuries plaguing his time at the Hawthorns.
After coming off the bench in the opening game against Middlesbrough, Dike picked up a thigh injury which has ruled him out for every game since but it sounds as if he is edging closer to a return.
Interim manager Richard Beale said: “All I know is he’s still injured and a couple of weeks away. He’s working really, really hard to get fit, he’s a great guy and has been missed by the previous regime I know.
“He’s a good player and I know a fit Daryl Dike brings a lot to the squad. He’s a couple of weeks away from training, once he starts back it’ll be really, really positive.”
Dike enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with Barnsley in the 2020/21 campaign, contributing nine goals in 22 games for the Tykes as they reached the playoffs, so he clearly knows how to find the back of the net at this level.
The Baggies earned just their second win of the season with a 2-0 triumph over Reading on Saturday and they clearly need some attacking reinforcements if they are to push up the table and challenge for promotion this season, so it can only be a good thing that Dike is closing in on a return to action.
After Dike’s injury ruled him out for much of last season, Ron Gourlay spoke about the 22-year-old and what he would bring to the team upon his return.
He said: “His energy is unbelievable. He’s here every day, he works incredibly hard, he’s a joy to be around.
Dike also scored ten goals in 18 games for Orlando in the 2021 MLS season so there seems little to suggest that he won’t be a hit once he does get fit and his goals could be a game-changing boost for the new manager in the Hawthorns dugout.