West Brom: 'Frustration' for £7m star at Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion striker Daryl Dike has endured ‘a real frustrating spell’ since arriving in the January transfer window, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The 21-year-old joined the Baggies from MLS outfit Orlando City for a reported £7 million but has been sidelined by injuries for the majority of his second spell on English shores.

What is the latest news involving Dike?

Dike was reunited with former manager Valérien Ismaël at the Hawthorns after their successful spell together at Barnsley last term, although the reconciliation was short-lived.

The USA international came on as a substitute to make his West Brom debut before securing his first start against Peterborough United in a 3-0 victory on 22nd January.

However, a hamstring injury picked up against the Posh then consigned Dike to the treatment table for a lengthy spell, and Ismael was relieved of his duties just a week or so later.

It seemed as though the powerful forward was close to making his comeback last month, with the fixture against Bristol City on 19th March being touted as the game he was targeting to return for.

But a fresh issue with a tendon behind his knee was discovered on the same leg, and new boss Steve Bruce has revealed it’s ‘debateable’ whether Dike will pull on an Albion shirt again this term.

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“It’s a frustration for him because he was going along very nicely,” Bruce said. “He has felt something, it’s not his previous injury, however, he is still uncomfortable, and we are going to give him as much time as he needs.

“Whether he features between now and the end of the season is probably debatable.”

What has O’Rourke said about Dike?

After playing just 84 minutes across two appearances since his winter arrival, O’Rourke believes Dike hasn’t been able to show West Brom fans his true potential yet.

He told GiveMeSport: “For Dike, it’s been a real frustrating spell for him since arriving from the MLS in the January transfer window. He hasn’t really been able to put a marker down or show West Brom fans what he really would bring to the team.”

Have West Brom missed Dike?

Since arriving at West Brom, Bruce has won just two of his 10 Championship games at the helm, drawing three and losing the other five.

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West Brom's home ground, The Hawthorns

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That has left the Midlands outfit sitting in 12th position in the second-tier standings, eight points outside the play-offs, and scoring goals has been a major issue for them.

West Brom’s tally of 42 league strikes is the second-lowest total in the top half of the table, and after notching nine strikes in 22 games for Barnsley last term, Dike may have been able to significantly boost that number.

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