We believe here at the Football Manc Cave, that the return of the forward Rekeil Pyke to Rochdale for a season-long loan could be the difference for Rochdale next season.
Pyke had an unfortunate loan spell at Rochdale last season having picked up an injury in the early days of his time at Spotland Stadium. However, after receiving treatment from his parent club Huddersfield Town, the forward made a return to The Dale. He featured in their last four games of the season, in which Rochdale won three of the four games, allowing them to survive what would have been a detrimental relegation to League Two.
The 21-year-old is a product of Huddersfield’s youth, joining them at the age of 11. Since receiving his professional contract in 2015, Pyke has been loaned out to Wrexham, Colchester, Port Vale, and most recently Rochdale. Where he is now spending another season on loan until July 2020.
Pyke only has 5 goals to his name, which came during his loan spell at Wrexham in the National League, in his 54 game-long careers so far.
However, Rochdale fans should be excited with the return of Pyke. Here are two reasons why…
Huddersfield Town was recently a Premier League side, they’ll be hoping to regain that status after next season in the Championship. Having been a part of their ranks since age 11. He has been given opportunities to grow on loan, it is clear that this big club has high hopes for the youngster. They clearly see potential in him to be a part of a successful Championship squad or, a squad that can challenge to remain in the Premier League.
Pyke is still waiting for a breakthrough season, to justify the faith put in him by his parent club. With a full injury-free season in League One, we could begin to see the future star shine.
Crucial squad member
In a troublesome and scary end to the season for The Dale, many were on the fence as to whether Rochdale would remain in the third tier of English football. But after injuries and being dropped into a relegation battle, Pyke helped his team win three of their four last games in the season. Which saw the club create a distance between themselves and the relegation zone. His ability to perform under pressure at 21 years of age could be a sign of how crucial he can be to the squad.