Barnsley’s 2020/21 campaign has seen them rise from near relegation at the end of the previous season (saved only by a final day win against Brentford) to now challenging for promotion to the Premier League.

The Tykes currently sit 6th in the Sky Bet Championship table on 71 points – one place and 5 points clear of Reading. A surge in results under Valerian Ismail has seen the South Yorkshire side become a very formidable play-off force in the Championship.

One of the stars helping forge that surge in results is American striker Daryl Dike. The 20-year-old loanee arrived at the end of the January transfer window and has had a massive impact.

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Daryl Dike – instant impact as a Tyke

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Dike’s arrival on loan from MLS side Orlando City SC has definitely had an impact – the evidence of that is plain to see. Across 14 games for Barnsley, Dike has scored 8 goals with these goals coming at a rate of one per 117 minutes.

This strike rate has definitely brought him to the attention of sides in the Premier League. A bid from one of the ‘Big Six’ Premier League sides of $10m was rejected by Orlando City SC. This rejection hasn’t put off interest in Dike with one writer confirming on Twitter that “more than half of the Premier League’s clubs” had a scout at Barnsley vs Reading on Good Friday.

Going back a little further and TEAMtalk link in interest from Leeds United, Chelsea and others in the Premier League – English football’s top-tier competition.

Barnsley comments on Dike and fee

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There was some talk that Barnsley was interested and that they had an option to buy Dike from Orlando City – something touched upon by Sun reporter Alan Nixon on Twitter. Nixon comments that a price of £20m is one where “you could buy Disneyworld for that.

Buying Dyke and the fee involved is something that Barnsley CEO Dane Murphy speaks about on BBC Sounds during an interview with reporter Andy Giddens. Murphy’s comments on the said broadcast were posted by Giddings (below) as quotes on Twitter.

This one has Murphy letting on that Barnsley know the fee they will have to pay should they wish to keep a hold of Dike whilst also mocking the nature of the speculation from outside as to what the fee is.

The following tweet seems to indicate that Murphy thinks that the Tykes could afford a buy out of Dike’s contract even if they were to remain in the Championship next season.