December 7, 2023

AT CHELSEA Dominic Solanke turned one of many hottest younger skills in world soccer.

Now, six years after his controversial exit from Stamford Bridge, the Bournemouth striker intends to point out the Blues what they’re lacking on the Vitality Stadium at this time.


Dominic Solanke was a scorching property as a Chelsea teenCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty

And Solanke’s former academy coach Adi Viveash is delighted.

Viveash, now assistant to Coventry boss Mark Robins, stated: “Once I look again on my decade at Chelsea, I’m nonetheless extraordinarily dissatisfied that gamers who, for my part, have been positively ok, didn’t come by way of — and he’s certainly one of them.

“At youth stage, he was world class, phenomenal. I’m delighted to see what he’s doing now, as a result of his  expertise needs to be on the highest stage.

“I’m certain he appears to be like again with loads of pleasure on his time at Chelsea.

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“I do know he holds no grudges and respects the years of dedication from an amazing academy.

“However he’ll wish to rating and do nicely on this recreation.”

Viveash drove a seven-year-old Solanke from Basingstoke to coaching and later was coach of Chelsea youth groups the ahead spearheaded to home and European glory.

In 2014, Solanke scored two late objectives within the second leg of the FA Youth Cup closing towards Fulham to earn a 7-6 combination win. Viveash stated: “Within the first leg we misplaced 3-2 and he didn’t have a sniff.

“We had one other couple of fine strikers on the bench.

“However he had all the time executed it within the large video games, I trusted my intestine, and he was all the time the go-to participant for me.”

Then-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claimed if Solanke and team-mates Izzy Brown and Lewis Baker didn’t develop into Blues and England stars, the Particular One can be accountable.

Weeks later Solanke completed joint high scorer on the European Beneath-17 Championship, grabbing objectives within the semi-final and closing as John Peacock’s workforce lifted the trophy.

The next season, Solanke helped Chelsea retain the Youth Cup and contributed 12 objectives of their Uefa Youth League title triumph.

Viveash stated: “He destroyed groups at that stage, even the very best in Europe. For anyone so younger to be doing that towards gamers three or 4 years older was outstanding.”

Solanke made his first-team debut as a sub in a 6-0 Champions League win over Maribor in October 2014.

However after spending 2015-16 on mortgage at Vitesse Arnhem — throughout which Mourinho was sacked —  issues turned bitter.

Jose Mourinho tipped Solanke for the top


Jose Mourinho tipped Solanke for the highestCredit score: Corbis

Solanke was frozen out in a stand-off over a brand new contract and Viveash stated: “He was portrayed actually badly by way of that interval however that actually wasn’t him.

“When you’ll be able to’t see pathways and also you’re that good as a younger participant, you’re feeling your future lies elsewhere.

“All this garbage round cash was unfair on him and his household.
“Gamers of that stage demand a sure stage of contract, he’s no  totally different to anybody else.”

If that row and his impending transfer to Liverpool have been preying on Solanke’s thoughts, he didn’t present it.

He scored 4 occasions as England gained the 2017 Fifa Beneath-20 World Cup and earned the Golden Ball because the event’s finest participant, a gong  beforehand given to Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba.

Andy Edwards, now an assistant coach of Three Lions youth groups, stated: “His objectives and performances throughout the event have been high finish.

“He was quiet however I all the time felt he had actual self-belief.

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A former Chelsea youth coach believes Mauricio Pochettino would have gotten the very best out of SolankeCredit score: Information Group Newspapers Ltd

“There was a confidence in the best way he carried himself.”

However these qualities have been examined since.

Issues didn’t work out at Liverpool and he didn’t set the world alight as his first 18 months at Bournemouth led to relegation to the Championship.

However he rediscovered his type, with 29 objectives within the Cherries’ 2021-22 promotion marketing campaign.

After enjoying his half within the membership’s survival final season, Solanke has began this marketing campaign with two objectives and an help in 4 video games.

Viveash stated: “His exit from  Chelsea would have been tough for anyone to deal with.

“He has come by way of mentally stronger and rebuilt himself.
“Bournemouth deserve nice credit score. He’s their go-to man, like he was for me at youth stage.”

Regardless of spending greater than £1billion on gamers in simply over a 12 months, Solanke’s previous workforce Chelsea go into at this time’s recreation struggling for objectives beneath Mauricio Pochettino.

Solanke has found his feet at Bournemouth


Solanke has discovered his toes at BournemouthCredit score: Rex


Viveash (under) stated: “An English striker, of his age, with these Premier League video games beneath his belt — wanting on the groups Mr Pochettino picks, I’m certain he would fairly like him.

“I’d like to see Dom rating  and get a optimistic end result — simply  for him, not every other purpose.

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“He’s solely the place he needs to be, with the expertise he has.

“He’s nonetheless not hit his prime.”

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