By Joe Ellis

2nd Jan, 2022 | 12:28pm

Where does Dike fit in at West Brom?

West Brom new signing Daryl Dike joined the club from Orlando City on New Years Day but he won’t feature for the Baggies against Cardiff City.

The American international returns to English football having played the second half of last season at Barnsley under current Baggies boss Valerien Ismael.

His arrival in the West Midlands is a timely one with goals having dried up considerably for the promotion chasers.

Thirty goals in 24 Championship games is well below the tallies of fellow Premier League hunters Bournemouth, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers who all have high-scoring strikers.

Ismael will hope that Dike will be able to slot straight into the Baggies starting 11 and fire from the off, just as he did at Barnsley last season, propelling the Tykes into the playoffs against all odds.

And while he won’t be included in the matchday squad against Cardiff on Sunday, he will be unveiled to fans at The Hawthorns at half-time.

The West Brom attack has been crying out for a natural-born goal-scorer and Dike should fit the bill.

The 21-year-old is an out and out striker and will play through the middle as the focal point of the team, when his transfer gets international clearance.

Callum Robinson would be the sacrificed individual if Dike is to be thrown straight in when he becomes available but there it will take more than just one change to alter the fortunes of the Baggies.

Fellow attackers Adam Reach and Grady Diangana were dragged off by Ismael in the 1-0 defeat to Derby County and they too could see their place in the starting 11 under threat having failed to score past the league’s basement club.

For West Brom’s promotion push to continue, Dike needs to hit the ground running in front of goal and his teammates have to provide good service to him.

In other West Brom news, these are the things the Baggies need to be wary of as they take on Cardiff.