Star Summer Signing Solanke
You may have heard a lot about Liverpool’s new deal securing Mohamed Salah, but that was actually our second signing of the summer. The lesser known player who had agreed to sign for us first was young star Dominic Solanke. On 30 May 2017, it was confirmed that Solanke had agreed to join Liverpool on 1st July 2017, upon the expiration of his contract with Premier League rivals Chelsea. The transfer fee is to be decided at a tribunal but Liverpool are expected to pay £3M.
Solanke was one of the major players helping England to win the U20 World Cup in South Korea in June and the 19-year-old won the Golden Ball, becoming player of the tournament. He scored four goals including a decisive goal against Mexico which saw England progress into the semi-finals. In that semi-final, he would score twice and assist his country to make it to the Final, which they would also win.
Despite the youngster’s international success, it’s still unsure whether Solanke will become a regular first team squad member or utilized in a different way – with a possibility that he would become a regular “Under 23s” squad player, instead of being used often in the senior squad. Some players do both, working their way up from youth levels but given an occasional opportunity to prove themselves at senior level by the manager, usually in cup competitions (FA Cup and League Cup) against lower league sides. These chances can be “make or break” for young players, a rare chance to make their name in major fixtures (often covered by global media seen around the world) which could secure them even a substitute spot in the senior side on a regular basis. Then when injuries or suspensions happen and replacements are needed, they’d get used more and more.
Solanke’s known for playing as a forward. Can be used in many places further up the pitch as a striker, winger, or attacking midfielder. That’s a great place to have him but he’ll be up against serious competition for claiming a place as a Liverpool attacker.
Becoming a part of Liverpool’s current senior squad would mean having to compete for a spot in the squad with experienced attacking players such as Henderson, Firmino, Coutinho, Lallana, Mané, Wijnaldum and more. Not easy, when the manager’s only got 11 guys to pick (and 5 substitutes) for that starting team.
Despite these kind of difficulties put before him, I hope he can rise to the challenges at his new club and come to prove his worth.
WELCOME TO LIVERPOOL! You’re part of the Anfield Family now. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.