DOM DOM DI DOM DOM DOM SOLANKE.
Big Dominic Solanke came into the Liverpool side this past summer joining for technically nothing, (We’re still awaiting a tribunal, please, just let us off Chelsea.) taking the number 29 shirt, the now 20-year-old former Chelsea and Vitesse striker has become a fan favourite in his short stint at Anfield. Into these.
- Full Name: Dominic Ayodele Solanke-Mitchel
- Height: 6ft 2in
- Date of Birth: September 14, 1997. (Age 20)
- Place of Birth: Basingstoke, England
- Nationality: England
- First-Team Appearances (LFC)*: 10
- First-Team Appearances (Career)*: 37
- First-Team Goals (LFC)*: 0
- First-Team Goals (Career)*: 7
- International Appearances^: 1
- International Goals^: 0
*Competitive Competitions Only. ^Senior Team Only.
- FA Youth Cup (Chelsea): 2013-14, 2014-15
- UEFA Youth League (Chelsea): 2014-15
- UEFA European Under-17 Championship: 2014
- FIFA Under-20 World Cup: 2017
- Chelsea Academy Player of the Year: 2014-15
- England Men’s Youth Player of the Year: 2014
- FIFA Under-20 World Cup Golden Ball: 2017
Despite not scoring a competitive goal for the Reds as of yet, Dominic Solanke is held in high regard by an overwhelming majority of the Anfield faithful. He is a very versatile and able attacker, he prefers to play centrally but also has the ability to play wide if Jurgen Klopp so wishes.
Solanke started with Chelsea at the under-8 age group, progressing through the years being regarded as one of the best and brightest players involved in their youth development system. In 2014, he scored two goals coming off the bench to help Chelsea win the FA Youth Cup over fellow London club, Fulham. The tie finished 7-6 on aggregate. José Mourinho stated a belief that he should blame himself were Solanke not to become a senior England international under his management. Good one Jose, good one.
Solanke made his senior debut as a substitute in a Champions League game for the Blues, playing the last fifteen minutes of a 6-0 win against NK Maribor, changing from the appearances he made in the UEFA Youth League that season. He finished as top scorer in the group stages in the Youth League, scoring a hat-trick against Sporting Lisbon. He scored 41 goals in all youth competitions that season. 41.
In the 2015-16 season, Solanke went on loan to Vitesse for the season, in order to get some sort of first-team playing time under his belt. He scored seven times in 25 league games for the Dutch side, finishing ninth in the Eredivisie.
Last season, Solanke rejected multiple loan offers to stay and fight for a place in the first team Chelsea side but ended up being unused throughout as the third-choice striker behind Deigo Costa and Michy Batshuayi. He made no appearances for Chelsea, leading him to make the decision to leave the Blues in favour of Liverpool.
In the summer, he was part of the under-20 World Cup winning England side, scoring four goals in the tournament, which was enough to win the Golden Boot at the competition. He got his first senior England call-up very recently, and made his debut in the last fifteen minutes of the 0-0 draw with Brazil at Wembley. Dom has also made stellar start to his Liverpool career, already making ten appearances for the Reds, seven of which in the league, two in Europe and one as Liverpool were eliminated from the Carabao Cup.
What’s Next For Solanke?
To be completely honest, Dom just needs to keep on doing what he is doing now. Playing well being completely modest and accepting whilst doing it. He has been a model professional so far in his time at Liverpool and the more he does that, the more respect and adoration he will earn from the Liverpool fan-base. Obviously it’ll be tough but with a heavy schedule coming up, I can see Solanke getting more and more minutes as the season wears on and when the lad scores his first goal for the Reds, I know that the fans will go bonkers.
Who’s next? Yan Dhanda.