Bye-bye Roberts: Leeds United eye swoop for £9m-rated “monster”, Bielsa would love him – opinion

Bye-bye Roberts: Leeds United eye swoop for £9m-rated “monster”, Bielsa would love him – opinion

Leeds United are the latest team to be linked with a move for Daryl Dike ahead of the January transfer window…

What’s the word?

According to TEAMtalk, the Yorkshire giants are among the sides mulling over a bid for the Orlando City SC talisman next month and it’s thought that the San Fransisco 49ers group, who have a stake in the club, are keen to bring him to Elland Road.

Premier League rivals West Ham United, Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion are also mooted, as are former Championship foes West Bromwich Albion.

It remains to be seen exactly how much the eight-cap USMNT international would command with him in fine form this season, though Transfermarkt value him at just £9m.

Bye-bye Roberts?

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa certainly needs another striker in his ranks and not just because of Patrick Bamford’s seemingly persistent injury troubles this campaign.

His other options just aren’t good enough, so you’d imagine that he would be delighted if the club were able to secure Dike next month.

One player that is surely at risk with any move for a new striker is Tyler Roberts, who has struggled in abundance for consistency, particularly in the Premier League.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claimed only last month that the Welshman could be shipped out on loan in January, whilst Bielsa himself has hinted that he wouldn’t stand in his way if he wanted to go.

Dike would be an exciting upgrade to the Argentian’s attacking department, that’s for sure.

After nine goals in 22 appearances during a loan spell at Barnsley last season, the American has continued his fine form in the MLS, where he has found the net ten times from 18 games, as per Transfermarkt.

The physical 6 foot 2 powerhouse has drawn comparisons to Romelu Lukaku, which is certainly encouraging given his record across the Premier League and Serie A in recent times.

Dike has also been dubbed a “revelation” by former Salford City manager Richie Wellens and a “relentless competitor” by former college coach George Gelnovatch to ESPN.

Meanwhile, Whites journalist Connor McGilligan believes he’s a “monster“.

So Victor Orta and co must wave goodbye to Roberts and look to replace him with the former Tykes loanee at all costs this January. He’s got a taste for Yorkshire and a proven – and prolific – goalscoring record to boot.

He’s surely a player that Bielsa would love to have at Elland Road.

AND in other news, Bielsa could save Radrizzani millions by unleashing United’s “fabulous” U23 gem