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Daryl Dike voted Barnsley Player of the Month for second straight month

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Another month, another award for red-hot American striker Daryl Dike.

Barnsley announced on Wednesday that Dike has been voted by the team’s fans as the club’s Player of the Month for April. Dike, 20, earned the honors after scoring four times this month, including away goals vs. Luton Town and Huddersfield Town.

The in-form striker has now won the award in two consecutive months after initially claiming it in March along with the Goal of the Month. Dike is also in the running for April’s Goal of the Month honors with two of his finishes serving as candidates.

Dike has been a goal-scoring machine for Barnsley since joining the English Championship club on loan from Orlando City in February. The U.S. Men’s National Team forward has scored nine goals in 12 starts and 17 appearances, contributing to Barnsley’s rise in the league table and the team’s qualification for a promotion play-off spot.

The Tykes are currently in the sixth and final play-off spot with two games remaining in the regular season. Barnsley cannot be surpassed by seventh-placed Reading, but can leapfrog up to three teams in the standings if certain results go its way during this final stretch.

Dike and Barnsley next travel to Preston North End before closing out the campaign with a home game against Norwich City.

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  1. i think there’s no chance he’s coming back. barnsley suggested the option number is not $20m and i think if promoted they’d be duty bound to bring him back just to reward him and placate the fans, even if they assessed needing more for EPL. if not promoted i think it gets more interesting , i still think you’d be crazy to not bring him back but what’s their budget look like then. i think he’s gone either way because after this run if barnsley gets crazy then someone else will throw money his way.

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  2. While there are some who down play his efforts because it’s “only the Championship” his results are so remarkable for someone with so little professional experience that he has to be strongly considered for future international duty.

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    • i would say dike’s degree of success prompts the question of whether the championship is better, same, or worse than MLS. snobs like to assume it’s better. stats suggest he is just as productive — like his league numbers almost match — with all that implies about the level being similar.

      since he never had a full season for anyone — last year was shortened — he poses an interesting puzzle in terms of what the professional possibilities are. i’d like to see some NT scoring before i get fully aboard and am satisfied he’s not a wondo or twellman risk, league performer not suited to the international game.

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