Earlier today Toronto FC announced that the club has parted ways with Nigerian international Bright Dike. With Toronto FC still looking to potentially make another move before the transfer window closes, waiving the striker was seen as a necessary means to open up a roster spot.
Bright Dike came to Toronto FC in 2013 but managed to feature in just 11 matches for Toronto, converting only once in his time as a Red. The striker's on-pitch contributions were severely limited due to long term injuries that have seemed to plague Dike's career wherever he has played.
In Dike's limited time on the field with Toronto he had shown glimpses of the physical strength and positional awareness that had spurred call-ups for the Nigerian squad. Dike was even pegged to join Nigeria for the 2014 World Cup before suffering a second torn Achilles that resulted in him sitting out a large part of the 2014 season.
In 2015 Dike had only appeared in two matches for Toronto FC, registering an assist in twenty minutes of play. The striker was subsequently sent on loan to the San Antonio Scorpions of the NASL. While at San Antonio, Dike managed to equal his scoring total for Toronto FC, finding the back of the net once in roughly 100 minutes of play.
Bright Dike's departure seems to come at an inopportune moment for the club as they await the league's decision on how many games DP striker Jozy Altidore will be suspended for. With Luke Moore sidelined by injury and Robbie Findley failing to impress thus far in a TFC jersey, Dike could have been a solid hold-up man to pair with Sebastian Giovinco up front.
Other MLS sides will have until 5 pm on the second business day after the claiming period commences to pick up Dike at his current salary (just over $64,000 in guaranteed pay). At that price, it wouldn't be shocking to see another club take a gamble on Dike, particularly any team looking to shore up their attacking depth.