Daryl Dike: West Bromwich Albion striker faces two months out with hamstring injury

Albion boss Val Ismael expects Daryl Dike to miss the next 11 games
Albion boss Val Ismael expects Daryl Dike to miss the next 11 games

West Brom are seeking a short-term striker after losing Daryl Dike for two months with a hamstring injury.

The 21-year-old American forward, signed from Major League Soccer side Orlando on New Year’s Day, made his first Albion start on Saturday.

But he went off 53 minutes into the 3-0 win over Peterborough – and a scan on Monday showed the extent of the injury.

“It’s clear we need to assess and see what we can get in the market,” Albion boss Valerien Ismael told BBC Radio WM.

“We spent the money on our target number one. But we now need to have someone who can help us straight away and for a short time. It’s a balance to find someone who is available and who it makes sense to do.”

The injury will increase the pressure on promotion-chasing Baggies boss Valérien Ismaël, who was already under fire from fans for his perceived negative tactics.

Although they scored three times in the last 11 minutes on Saturday, after Dike had gone off, they have generally struggled to score goals since starting the season with 11 in four Championship games.

They have averaged exactly a goal per game since. And, although they still sit fifth in the table ahead of Wednesday’s home game with Preston, their overall goal tally of 34 in 27 games is less than half that of leaders Fulham’s 73.

Dike’s goals helped Ismael’s Barnsley made the Championship play-offs a year go – but he did not make an immediate impact. He did not score his first goal until 24 February after enduring four successive blanks.

After ending the MLS season in great form, scoring in his last five matches for Orlando to help them finish sixth, he made his Albion debut as a 59th-minute substitute in the 1-0 defeat by Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, when Baggies old boy Charlie Austin got the late winner.


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