Talent Spotter: The young Chelsea star in line for his Premier League debut

first_img1 Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke Chelsea are facing a striker injury crisis ahead of Sunday’s clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford with Diego Costa definitely ruled out and Loic Remy struggling with a hamstring injury.With Didier Drogba having just returned from an ankle injury and admitting he is not fully fit, it means youngster Dominic Solanke, who made an eye catching debut after coming on in the 6-0 win over Maribor, could earn a first Premier League appearance at Old Trafford.Little is known about the 17-year-old striker, so talkSPORT’s Talent Spotter decided to dig a little deeper.Name: Dominic SolankeDate of birth: 14 September 1997Birthplace: ReadingPosition: ForwardClub: ChelseaInternational appearances: Three – England Under-18sDid you know?1) Solanke has been with Chelsea since he was six years old and in recent years has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks in west London.2) The teenager made massive waves in the Chelsea academy last season, smashing in 20 goals in 26 appearances, including a brace in the FA Youth Cup final victory over Fulham. He has also already appeared for the club’s Under-21s and in the UEFA Youth League.3) Solanke starred for England as they won the European Under-17 Championship in May, finishing as joint top scorer with four goals in four games, including a vital strike in the final against the Netherlands.4) Blues boss Jose Mourinho believes his young charge is destined for big things and Solanke recently signed a new three-year deal at Stamford Bridge, reflecting the club’s faith in his capabilities.5) The pacy and powerful striker’s debut against Maribor on Tuesday night made Solanke Chelsea’s youngest ever debutant in the Champions League at 17 years and 38 days old, beating previous holder Josh McEachran.They say: “Solanke is at a level where we know he has the talent but he’s far away. For him it was a perfect situation; the legs were tired even before he came on, the heartbeat was there before the first run but it’s a night he will never forget. For sure, he’s going to play many Champions League matches because he will be a good player.” – Jose Mourinho on the striker’s debut.“My conscience tells me that if, for example, [Lewis] Baker, [Izzy] Brown, and [Dominic] Solanke are not national team players in a few years, I should blame myself.” – Chelsea’s boss on the likelihood of international recongition for Solanke.He says: “I’m speechless. Making my debut at Stamford Bridge in front of all these fans in the Champions League is a dream come true. There’s no time to hide, you’ve just got to be confident and show your ability and when you get the opportunity, you’ve got to take it.” – Solanke on his debut and the possibility of facing Manchester United.Video evidence:last_img

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