Damon Savenelli brings you Rousing the Kop’s scout report on Dominic Solanke, with Liverpool confirming that the forward has signed for the club.
It was officially announced yesterday afternoon by Liverpool Football Club that England youngster Dominic Solanke will be joining Liverpool once his contract expires with his current club Chelsea. Currently serving his country with the England U20s in South Korea, the highly rated teenager will officially join the Reds on July 1.
It was reported back in about February that Solanke was looking for a move away from the Blues, apparently due to contract issues. This put a whole host of European clubs on alert with Liverpool, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Newcastle United, and others all looking to sign the forward.
The Reds won the race for his signature and will pay Chelsea about £3 million. Solanke will earn about £20,000 per week, according to the Liverpool ECHO.
Although he only made a handful of appearances for the Chelsea senior squad, the Basingstoke native has an impressive record nonetheless. During the 2014/15 season, Solanke was busy absolutely tearing apart competition at the youth level.
The Englishman finished the campaign with a whopping 41 goals. He also helped his team win the UEFA Youth League, ending the tournament with 12 goals in nine games making him the top goal scorer in the competition.
The 2015/16 season saw the youngster head out to Holland where he had a go at the Eredivisie with Vitesse. Solanke had a pretty decent campaign, finishing with seven goals in 25 appearances, the third highest goalscorer in the Vitesse squad.
Currently at the U20s World Cup, Solanke has continued to impress, starting every game thus far and even scored an unbelievably composed penalty against Argentina.
So now that he is officially a Red, how does Solanke fit into our squad?
I think that most people are forgetting that the striker is only 19 and will more than likely not being playing a huge role in the first team just yet. I think that Solanke will spend most of his time with our already promising U23 squad.
Solanke will join the likes of Harry Wilson, Ben Woodburn, Harry Wilson, and Sheyi Ojo in an already promising set of attackers. The forward will most likely play a role in a few cup games and maybe even a few Champions League games from the bench. We have to remember that we will be in four competitions next season which means a lot of fixture congestion, which in turn, means a lot of opportunities for our young players.
Solanke will probably play a role similar to what Marko Grujic did this season. Mostly playing for the U23s, a regular substitute, and coming on as a sub every once in a while.
I think that what most people are forgetting is that the former Chelsea man is not going to come in to the first team and be our “big signing”. I mean come on, he is 19 and only costs £3 million.
I definitely think that Solanke has the potential to one day be our go to man but not yet. It is easy for our fans to look at what Cheslea and Manchester City are doing in the transfer market, and be a bit upset. We need to remember that the transfer window has not even opened yet, and I am sure that Solanke is the first of many new faces expected to arrive at Liverpool this summer.
I think that Solanke is a great addition to our youth squad and really shows that Klopp cares about developing young, English talent. I am excited to see what the promising youngster has in store and I will be backing him all the way.