Loan extension: Daryl Dike will stay with Barnsley for promotion playoffs

Daryl Dike will stay with Barnsley for the English Championship promotion playoffs.

On Feb. 1, Orlando City, Dike's MLS club, loaned the 20-year-old forward to Barnsley until May 31 with an agreement that the Lions could recall him as of Monday. The final day of the Championship regular season is May 8, five days later.

At the time, Barnsley sat in the middle of the 24-team Championship. But the Tykes went on a roll after Dike's arrival. The Oklahoman scored nine goals in 17 league games in which Barnsley went 13-2-2 to climb into the top six.

With two games to play, Norwich City and Watford have clinched the two automatic promotion spots to the Premier League, and Brentford, Bournemouth, Swansea City  and Barnsley have clinched the four playoff spots to determine the third team that will go up.

The Championship playoff final will be played May 29 at Wembley Stadium. MLS's primary transfer window closes on June 1, the date by which Orlando City will have to register Dike's return in order for him to begin playing in MLS again.

Dike's strong play has prompted all kinds of speculation about his future. In 2020, Orlando City drafted him out of the University of Virginia, and he scored eight goals in 17 games despite not playing his first game until Aug. 22.
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