Ok so I may be wrong on this one eventually, but right now I’m really not sure how Liverpool have managed to make so much on Dominic Solanke. For me, he has shown absolutely nothing that warrants a 19 million pound price tag! This, for me, has to be one of the most ludicrous prices that I’ve seen so far, ok so he is an England international but even then I don’t think he earned the cap either.
So, let’s look at Solanke’s career thus far. He played one season at Chelsea’s feeder club, Vitesse Arnhem, and he made 25 appearances for them, scoring seven goals. This was three years ago and “Millsy, he was only 18!” I hear you cry, but come on it’s the Eredivisie, it’s basically like playing against an under 18s team anyway! You might also be thinking that they were mostly sub appearances, what with him being a youngster and all but let me stop you right there! He played (according to TransferMarkt) 1811 minutes for Vitesse, which averages out at 72 minutes per game on average, which is wayyyyy more than enough to bag yourself a couple of goals!
Then, a year and a half ago, he moved to Liverpool on a free, which is good because he couldn’t have been worth that much. He then proceeded to struggle to break into the squad, fair enough he had to face the likes of Mo Salah, Bobby Firminho and Sadio Mane, but he still managed to make 21 appearances on the pitch. Note that I said “appearances on the pitch” as he only played 581 minutes, an average of half an hour per game. But, even then, with half an hour on the pitch in a team like Liverpool, I could probably bang in a few goals and I played as a centre back! (Not well either, for those wondering)
The Other Options?
Right now, even as backup, Divock Origi was the preferred option, he has made 53 appearances for Liverpool but has 13 times as many goals (ok so one was that header against Everton so lets say 12). Origi is a strong, fast centre forward with World Cup experience who is only two years the elder of young Dominic, he even went on loan and played a full season at Wolfsburg last season, bagging himself 6 goals. He has 22 (21) goals for Liverpool so far, but doesn’t even look close to getting onto the pitch as a starter right now, I’m not sure I’d even chuck almost 20 million pound at him, let alone a guy who was turned down by Palace due to fitness concerns!
A better option for Bournemouth, in my opinion, someone like Dominic Calvert-Lewin over at Everton would have been a far better buy for a club like Bournemouth, hell even get him on a loan with an option to buy and see where that takes you. I know he’s now getting some game time at the Toffees, but it’s still only averaging out at something like 40 minutes a game, so maybe he would be able to see the opportunity a club like Bournemouth could offer. I really believe that he would be the much better buy than Solanke, even if it does cost them a little more than what they currently paid.
Will He Get In?
From what I’ve heard, Solanke is being signed as Defoe is about to make an imminent move to Rangers. The guy made four appearances this season and has so far been kept out of the team by Calum Wilson and Josh King who are both having pretty good seasons so far, he’s definitely not ousting Wilson as it stands. If Solanke manages to gel with these two and starts showing the promise that his price tag tells us he should be showing, then maybe he’ll start to improve and get into the team. He’s only 21 after all and yeah maybe I’m blinded a bit by the fact I’m a United fan, Mr Southgate definitely saw something in him, so who am I to question the fact? On the other hand, he could fill up the hole Jermain is leaving perfectly as an ex-England international who’s all washed up, that remains to be seen……
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