Dominic Solanke has been drawing praise from every corner after a successful World Cup winning campaign that saw him score 4 goals in 6 games.

Set to join Liverpool on July 1st on expiry of his current contract at Chelsea, new signing Dominic Solanke has created quite a stir in recent days.

Despite only playing one senior game of English football during his time at Chelsea, the striker’s time at Vitesse and dominance at youth level have seen him show enough to get fans and coaches excited over his ability.

Most recently, the young Englishman gave Reds fans a taste of what could be to come with a solid World Cup campaign for the Under-20s, netting 4 goals and being named Player of the Tournament.

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It wasn’t just in front of goal, however, that Solanke impressed as his movement, off the ball work rate and ability to defend from the front have all been noted by his coaches. In fact, once you’ve read the following quotes I have no doubt that you’ll have a much deeper understanding of why Solanke was brought to the club by Jürgen Klopp.

 

“That (pressing) is a really pleasing thing about him,” Andy Edwards – England’s out-of-possession coach – told Sky Sports. “Defending starts from the front and he is aware of that.”

“You cannot afford to carry anyone defensively and we certainly don’t. While forwards are the match-winners and they get the glory, the other side of it is important too. The best teams all have that. He is a really good, solid lad who is very hard-working, very humble and very talented. I think he is going to have a very good career.”

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Former Chelsea youth coach Adi Viveash was equally full of praise for the talented, young star: “I have been very lucky as I have worked with some very talented players. But Dominic is right up there at the top of that list. He is an outstanding footballer. He’s intelligent and has great movement. He plays like a No. 9 and a No. 10 put together.”

This praise echoes previous comments made by the likes of Tore Andre Flo, John Terry and Jose Mourinho who have all worked closely with the young talent.

With the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino already at Liverpool and readily available for the Englishman to learn from, Solanke’s development on Merseyside is most definitely going to be exciting to watch.

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