USMNT talent Daryl Dike not listening to transfer speculation
For any young talent breaking through into the American soccer scene just now, the pressure can be suffocating. As a nation with a long-term interest in the sport but not a national passion like other sports, soccer has long fought for interest. Part of the challenge, it has been suggested, is the lack of American players who have played at the very highest level.
That gradual process is slowly changing, though, with Christian Pulisic leading the way with an appearance in the UEFA Champions League Final win for Chelsea. One player who is being linked with a big move in the near future is Daryl Dike. The 21-year-old has enjoyed an excellent run of form when spending time on loan in England with Barnsley. Under Valerian Ismael, Dike has been an excellent presence up top for a team that got to the play-offs unexpectedly.
Dike, though, is trying to ignore all talk of potential returns to England or other teams in Europe. Currently plying his trade with Orlando City, the player offered a mature take on what he expects to happen with his career moving forward.
In an interview with MLS Soccer, Dike said: “For me, all that stuff is kinda extra noise. Obviously for me I’ve been blessed to go on the experience at Barnsley and play with the national team as well.
“I’ve had 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.”
What does the future hold for Daryl Dike?
Like many USMNT eligible players, the eyes are on Dike from the moment he first came onto the scene. Despite not being the primary sport of the USA, soccer is growing all the time in popularity and in scope. Therefore, any player making a name for themselves soon becomes hot property.
Dike, though, is trying to turn a deaf ear to all of the noise, saying: “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.”
The USMNT star added: “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. 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. I just want to continue to grow as a player and be able to do those things.”
Certainly, it’s the kind of attitude that should help the USMNT forward continue on getting better.