After a whirlwind loan spell with English Championship team Barnsley, forward Daryl Dike is back with Orlando City.
During his time with Barnsley, he made 21 appearances and recorded nine goals that inspired the English team to the verge of Premier League promotion. His stellar performance sparked transfer rumors that would keep the forward at Barnsley, but ultimately the English side declined the option to purchase.
Since leaving Barnsley, Dike debuted with the U.S. men’s national team in the country’s stellar Nations League run. In an interview with Orlando City, Daryl Dike discussed the new rumors that surround his future as well as his past and future.
“Obviously for me I’ve been blessed to go on the experience at Barnsley and play with the national team as well,” said the forward.
“I’ve had a lot of experiences and I kind of told myself from the beginning I want to bring back everything that I’ve learned about the new culture, learned about the new style of play and come back here and kind of see how I’ve grown as a player. In terms of all the extra things happening, that’s just something when the time comes. For me right now, it’s focusing on acclimating back to the team and seeing how I can be able to affect the games in the next couple of weeks.”
Prior to his departure, Daryl Dike made 17 appearances for Orlando City in 2020, recording eight goals and four assists. While playing for MLS, Dike stood as one of the most exciting young players to watch.
“For me, I’ve always said I want to play in the top competitions, play against the top competition and play under the greatest staff,” Dike said.
“Thus far, I’ve been blessed with being able to see guys like Nani, who has won tons of competitions. For me, I want to be able compete at high levels, whether it be at World Cups and playing in all these top competitions in the world. For me, I just want to continue to grow as a player and be able to do those things.”
He continued by explaining his excitement over rejoining Orlando City and inspiring title winning runs with the MLS side.
“This squad has already proved that they can compete at the top level, For me, I obviously just want to be involved, I want to help the team out as much as possible. It’s for sure something that can be happen.”