Striker Dominic Solanke became AFC Bournemouth’s first signing of the January 2019 transfer window when he joined from Liverpool.
Born in Reading and schooled in Basingstoke, he joined Chelsea as a schoolboy in 2004 and enjoyed a fruitful career in the youth ranks at Stamford Bridge, including winning the FA Youth Cup in 2014 and 2015.
He helped England win the 2014 European Under-17 Championship, scoring in the final against the Netherlands. Solanke was named as the Young Lions’ youth player of the year for 2014.
Rewarded with his first professional contract by Jose Mourinho in September 2014, Solanke was named in the Chelsea matchday squad for the first time in the Premier League just a month after his 17th birthday and was an unused substitute in their 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.
In October 2014, Solanke became Chelsea’s youngest player to debut in the Champions League when he came off the bench in a 6-0 victory over NK Maribor.
Solanke was the leading marksman in the UEFA Youth League in 2014-15, his 12 goals helping the Blues to victory in the competition. He scored once in the final against Shakhtar Donetsk. He was also named academy player-of-the-year at Stamford Bridge in 2015.
Solanke hit seven goals in 25 games during a season-long loan with Vitesse in the Dutch Eredivisie in 2015-16.
He was awarded the Golden Ball (player of the tournament) as England – skippered by AFC Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook – won the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in June 2017.
Solanke scored four times in the tournament, including the only goal in the quarter-final victory against Mexico and twice in the semi-final triumph over Italy. He started the final against Venezuela.
Following the expiry of his contract with Chelsea, he moved to Liverpool in July 2017 and made 27 appearances during his first season at Anfield, including 21 in the Premier League.
Having represented England at all age group levels, Solanke won his first full cap when he came off the bench as a 75th-minute substitute in a 0-0 draw against Brazil at Wembley in November 2017.
He scored his first Premier League goal in Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Brighton on the final day of the 2017-18 campaign.
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