SOLANKE: My unforgettable encounter with John Terry

Rejection in English main membership sides; Chelsea and Liverpool, Dominic Solanke says solely fired him as much as be a greater participant, writes TAIWO ALIMI

Dominic Solanke, the tall Bournemouth of England striker, doesn’t prefer to be drawn into speak about his Nigerian parenthood. The 22-year-old prefers to speak about his profession; how a freakish Reading boy of blended parentage (Nigeria and England) has made it into the senior nationwide workforce of England after surviving rejection from Chelsea and Liverpool.

A assured younger man whose time in Bournemouth that he joined January 2019, has yielded no objective, Solanke insists he has made the only option in leaving UEFA CL champions Liverpool. Liverpool can be cruising house to win the 2020 EPL League after 30 years.

Speaking over criticism for leaving Liverpool prematurely, he mentioned:

“I think every footballer just wants to play. That was what I had in mind when I left Liverpool. There is no regret here. You want to show what you can do and I’m definitely doing well here. I have playing time and the senior national team has spotted my talent. I look forward to playing more important role here (Bournemouth).”

He mentioned the success of his buddy and England teammate, Jadon Malik Sancho, additionally helped him take the leap to Bournemouth.

“That Sancho’s success at Dortmund has affected everyone. When one young player sees another young player doing what they think they can do as well, especially when everyone is playing at international level together. Sancho is doing well in Germany and a lot of players would like to follow his path. What he’s done, getting into the England team at such a young age, it will influence a lot of young players.”

Solanke joined Bournemouth within the January switch window after changing into pissed off at his lack of first-team soccer at Liverpool.

Solanke had recorded a 17-minute substitute look for Chelsea youth aspect and in October 2014 adopted by 21 appearances, 16 of which got here off the bench. But, he was locked out of the senior workforce, prompting his mortgage deal to Vitesse within the Eredivisie. He returned to the Premier League in May 2017 for Liverpool however that additionally didn’t quantity to a lot as he scored just one objective in 21 appearances. Thereafter, he was frozen out.

However, he did rating seven objectives in 25 Eredivisie appearances throughout a mortgage spell at Vitesse and was additionally a key a part of the England U20 squad who received the World Cup in 2017. As such, Bournemouth got here for him with a 19million Euro supply.

Though he acquired his enjoying time at Bournemouth enjoying 33 occasions, Solanke remains to be burdened by his objective drought since 2019 for his workforce.

He hopes breaking his year-long goal-scoring duck can kick-start his Bournemouth profession.

“It’s been tough. I’ve been a striker all my life, scored a lot of goals – to not score for quite a while is always going to be difficult,” he instructed Bournemouth’s web site.

“I’ve needed to do what I’ve needed to do for the workforce, hold making an attempt to assist the workforce.

“I wished to get that first one and hopefully that may enhance my confidence and I can construct on that now.

“It’s a big team boost. We needed that after the last few weeks and hopefully we can build on that now,” mentioned the one-cap England worldwide.

“I think it will be good for the team.”

He is, nonetheless, joyful together with his achievement at Bournemouth. “We have made our mark in the EPL and we deserve respect.” He was particularly pleased with the win at Stamford Bridge in December.

“I’ll give them a bit of stick for winning. A lot of the boys (at Chelsea) I’ve known for years from my time there,” Solanke instructed the Daily Echo.

“I’ll give them a bit of stick for winning on Saturday!”

The sport remained goalless earlier than Solanke’s introduction, instead of Joshua King with 15 minutes to play.

Solanke mentioned: “I believe the sport was nonetheless open (once I got here on).

“They (Chelsea) have been pushing for a objective and we noticed the chance.

“They didn’t have many numbers on the again so I believe even myself acquired in just a few occasions. We managed to get the objective and settle the sport.

“I believe there’s no level in simply sitting off and never going for the sport when you possibly can see that there are just a few probabilities and you’ll possibly nick the win and we did that.

“I believe most likely within the final 5 or 10 minutes earlier than half-time we simply wished to get into half-time and ensure that we nonetheless had the sport degree.

“Then within the second half everybody put themselves about from the again to the entrance and we managed to get that objective on the finish and see out the sport, which we haven’t fairly executed in the previous couple of weeks.

“That victory at Chelsea gave us hope and we have taken more points after that. It has helped us to believe in ourselves. Of course we can do better.”

Bournemouth stays within the backside rung of the EPL desk.


I bear in mind vividly my mum and stepfather and my brothers and sister. The household ambiance helped me to regulate with a transparent head to soccer. I began enjoying at soccer Brighton Hill Community School. My dad and mom instructed me I may do no matter I set my thoughts to and that was necessary to me.


When I used to be in Chelsea Academy, I had the great alternative of assembly John Terry one-on-one. It stays one in every of my greatest recollections as a result of he was a legend to many children of my time. He spoke properly to me.  Abramovich simply took over the membership at the moment and he made us within the academy really feel very proud that we’re part of the membership. I keep in mind that Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek who’re integral a part of the workforce now have been in that group.

I received many awards on the academy. One of them is the academy participant of the yr award. I used to be additionally seen by the England U17 gaffer who invited me to camp. And in 2014, I used to be a part of the workforce that received the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. I additionally scored just a few objectives to cart house the event’s joint high scorer.


I didn’t wish to depart Chelsea however I desired enjoying time and so they agreed I may go on mortgage to Vitesse. While within the Netherlands, issues went nicely for me as I scored important objectives for the workforce. That introduced again my confidence and once I got here again to Chelsea I anticipated extra enjoying time but it surely didn’t come. That made me to maneuver to Liverpool and the primary purpose I moved on from Liverpool too.  I believe each footballer simply needs to play. That was what I had in thoughts once I left Liverpool. There is not any remorse right here. You wish to present what you are able to do and I’m positively doing nicely right here. I’ve enjoying time and the senior nationwide workforce has noticed my expertise. I stay up for enjoying extra necessary position right here (Bournemouth).”


It’s been robust. I’ve been a striker all my life, scored loads of objectives – to not rating for fairly some time is at all times going to be tough. I’ve needed to do what I’ve needed to do for the workforce; hold making an attempt to assist the workforce. I wished to get that first one and hopefully that may enhance my confidence and I can construct on that now. It’s an enormous workforce enhance. We wanted that after the previous couple of weeks and hopefully we will construct on that now. I believe it will likely be good for the workforce.


Solanke began his profession with Chelsea, making his first-team debut in October 2014. Solanke spent the 2015-16 season with Vitesse on mortgage within the Eredivisie. He signed for Liverpool in July 2017.

Solanke was referred to as up by the senior workforce for the primary time in November 2017 for a pleasant in opposition to Brazil at Wembley Stadium. He got here on as a 75th-minute substitute in a 0–Zero draw.

Solanke has represented England in any respect youth, under-21 and senior ranges.

He helped his nation win the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship and the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup and obtained the Golden Ball award for greatest participant within the latter event.

In 2014, Dominic rose to glory and got here into prominence as was a part of the under-17 workforce that received the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship the place he was the event’s joint high scorer with 4 objectives in 4 appearances.

Having began his profession with Chelsea within the under-Eight workforce, he managed to attain 20 objectives in 25 appearances within the under-18 workforce.

Solanke signed his first skilled contract with Chelsea in September 2014 and ultimately grew to become the youngest participant to debut within the UEFA Champions League for Chelsea.

He completed as high scorer within the group levels of the UEFA Youth League after scoring a hat-trick within the remaining group stage match in opposition to Sporting CP ending the event as Chelsea received the title, the place he managed to attain 12 objectives in 9 appearances.

Solanke joined Eredivisie membership Vitesse on a season-long mortgage to achieve first-team expertise, the place he ended the season with seven objectives in 25 appearances, simply three behind high scorer.

In 2016-17 season, After rejecting many mortgage provides from a number of golf equipment, Solanke was retained as Chelsea’s third-choice striker.

On 30 May 2017, Solanke agreed to signal for Premier League membership Liverpool on 1 July upon the expiration of his Chelsea contract for round £three million.

For the 2014–15 season, Solanke was awarded the inaugural Chelsea Academy Player of the Year award In January 2015, Solanke was named the England Men’s Youth Player of the Year for 2014. Solanke was awarded the Golden Ball because the participant of the event within the 2017 Under-20 FIFA World Cup.

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