Dominic Solanke has been on bright form for the Chelsea youth team this season, a product of the club’s academy doing excellently well and showing that Chelsea can also raise brilliant players, not just buy them. The 17 year-old shone yesterday in the youth Premier League fixture against the Liverpool side, finding the back of the net thrice in a 7-goal thriller that ended 4-3 in favour of the Blues. And those were the 39th to 41st goals of the season for the prolific young forward.
A first half brace and a second half goal that have moved the the Chelsea under-20 team inches closer to the title. The England’s under-18 Solanke also ended the youth Champions League as highest goal scorer with 12 goals in 9 games, goals that were instrumental in guiding the team to the competition’s trophy. This definitely is a player for the future.
Dominic who has already made his debut for the Chelsea main team during a Champions League match against Maribor at Stamford Bridge, is likely to be called up for the match against Liverpool on Sunday. His integration into the first team will be beneficial to his growth and development as a player. His services can be called up next season by the club instead of looking for a high-fee player in the transfer market. Solanke will be nearly ripe (or almost) for first team action by then, but not before he might have gone on a half-season loan to another EPL club.
As the transfer window opens, clubs will definitely come asking for the prodigy’s signature, most especially newly-promoted clubs. This move will do his career good and afford him topflight action in the EPL. If he so grows professionally in a span of 6 months, a move back to his parent club can be activated. He sure remains a great investment for future purposes no matter what happens, he could be following the path of John Terry as one of the few academy graduates that will make a great part of the senior team.