Name: Lyndon Dykes
Club: Queen of the South
Estimated Value: €150,000
Position: CF, AMC
Matches: 18 (0), 1678 minutes
Goals (assists): 1 (8)
The Gold Coast native has been at the Scottish Championship club for the past three seasons. He has enjoyed regular football from the outset and this season has started every league game.
His size is definitely an asset, standing at 188cm, it means he is a handful in the air, as well as when playing with his back to goal. He is number one in the Championship for aerial duels, contesting 17.54 per game.
His high work rate is another major asset. Often defending from the front, he leads the league in fouls committed and is third in fouls suffered so he doesn’t shy away from the physical side of the game.
However, it would be wrong to characterise him as just a physical threat as he is also an important part of linking the defence and the attack. He’s also comfortable on the ball and is 12th in successful 1v1/dribbling percentage 73.81% (2.52 per game).
Currently, second in the league with 8 assists, he has gotten them from various means without just relying on his size.
Versus Ayr United, he assisted in four goals, which included a nice run from deep for the first goal. Against Patrick Thistle he won the ball back before playing a through ball to get an assist. He used a long ball assist to unlock the Inverness CT defence, and against Alloa he played a lovely 1-2 with his strike partner for another assist. He also crossed from the right for an assist against Ross County, as well as, heading on to his strike partner for an assist against Dundee United.
While his own goal scoring record this season sees him with only 1 goal from 18 league games, it isn’t unusual as he is utilised more as a facilitator rather than as a finisher and often is starting the attacks from deep. Employing flick ons from head and feet to feed his teammates, he plays a similar role to what Mark Viduka played for the Australian National Team.
He takes 2.1 shots per game with an accuracy of around 40%. Twelve of his 35 shots have been from outside the box. He is 5th in touches inside the box and 5th in deep completions with an accuracy of 95.45%.
Lyndon Dykes is a player that will give everything for his side and has the ability to turn that effort into an end product with his assists and recoveries. His style of play makes him a great teammate and strike partner. He‘ll press when not in possession and transition quickly after winning the ball back.