By Joe Ellis

29th Jul, 2022 | 4:58pm

West Brom: Daryl Dike never experienced manager upheaval like at Hawthorns

The new Championship season is nearly upon West Brom who head north to the Riverside on 30 July to take on Middlesbrough.

Included in the travelling squad is American international striker Daryl Dike who spent the majority of his time at The Hawthorns last season injured after a big-money January move from Orlando City.

The 22-year-old is keen to make up for lost time but he revealed that he has never been at a club while they have changed their manager in his professional career so far.

“I’ve never been at a club where they’ve changed managers like that and you can have doubts at that point,” dike said to The Sun.

“It’s not that you think you can’t adapt to a new manager but you get little doubts because ultimately you want him to like you.

“But also you think, ‘This is a top manager, this is a manager who has done so much in English football and been around the game a long time.’

“Then you’re excited you might get an opportunity to play under him because you realise this is a man who had a great playing career and achieved so much.”

Integral

A lot of West Brom hopes had been pinned on Dike arriving in January and hitting the ground running to help the Baggies towards a promotion push but it ended up a nightmare for the club.

Almost immediately he found himself injured and he missed the rest of the season as a result and Valerien Ismael, the man who signed him, was sacked in the process.

But all of that has to be put behind everyone at the club and the only focus can now be on the season ahead and righting the wrongs of 2021-22.

Dike is going to be crucial for Steve Bruce to be able to do that and he not only has to stay fit enough to play regularly, but he also must be on top form to score the goals required when the going gets tough.

Thankfully for him, he has John Swift and Jed Wallace at his aid to create as many chances as he needs to produce the numbers everyone is expecting of him.

In other West Brom news, David Prutton has cast his eye over Albion’s first game of the new season and given his verdict as to how it will go down.

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