I may be wrong on this one eventually, but right now I’m really not sure how Liverpool have managed to make so much money on Dominic Solanke.
For me, he has shown absolutely nothing that warrants a £19 million 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.
You might also be thinking that these were mostly substitute appearances, what with him being a youngster and all but let me stop you right there!
According to TransferMarkt, he played 1811 minutes for Vitesse, which averages out at 72 minutes per game on average, which is way more than enough to bag yourself a couple of goals!
Then, a year and a half ago, he moved to Liverpool on a ‘free transfer’, which Liverpool ended up paying around £6 million for following a tribunal.
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. Even then, with half an hour on the pitch in a team like Liverpool’s, 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 a back-up, Divock Origi was the preferred option, he has made 53 appearances for Liverpool but has 13 times as many goals (one was that header against Everton so let’s say 12).
Origi is a strong, fast centre-forward with World Cup experience who is only two years the older than Solanke, he even went on loan and played a full season at Wolfsburg last season, bagging himself six goals.
He has 22 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 would chuck almost 20 million pound at him, let alone a guy who was reportedly turned down by Crystal Palace due to fitness concerns!
A better option for Bournemouth, in my opinion, would have been someone like Dominic Calvert-Lewin over at Everton.
Granted, he’s now getting some game time at the Toffees, but it’s still only averaging out at roughly 40 minutes a game, so maybe he would be able to see the opportunity a club like Bournemouth could offer.
Will he get in?
Solanke was signed to replace Rangers-bound Jermain Defoe. The striker who made four appearances this season and has so far been kept out of the team by Callum Wilson and Josh King who are both enjoying strong seasons so far, meaning 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.