Dominic Solanke

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Dominic Solanke
0Full Name Dominic Ayodele Solanke-Mitchell
0Date of Birth 14 September 1997
0Place of Birth Reading, England
0Position Forward
0Chelsea career 2004 - 2017
0Debut 21 October 2014
0Games (goals) 1 (0)
0Other clubs Vitesse Arnhem (loan)

Dominic Solanke is a forward who formerly played for Chelsea.


Pre-Chelsea career

Dominic joined Chelsea at Under-8 level.

Chelsea career

Dominic made his Under-18 debut as an Under-15 in February 2013 and was something of a regular thereafter, notching his first goal against Fulham and netting again before the season was out against Crystal Palace. His form in the first half of the 2013-14 season was nothing short of sensational as he plundered 13 goals and 8 assists in 13 appearances, with back-to-back hat-tricks against Dartford and Reading in December highlighting affairs. With a number of goals for England at international level too, he marked himself out as very much one to watch.

The good times continued into 2014 as he reached 20 club goals for the season with two late strikes to beat Fulham in the Final of the FA Youth Cup and scintillating form for his country.

He made his debut for the first less than six weeks after his seventeenth birthday, coming on as a second half substitute in a 6-0 win against Maribor in the UEFA Champions League. He then went on to rack up a prolific 41-goal academy season in which he finished as the leading scorer in both the 2014-15 UEFA Youth League and the 2014-15 FA Youth Cup, competitions which Chelsea won. His season was capped by being crowned the club's Academy Player of the Season.

Clearly ready to leave academy football behind, he joined Vitesse Arnhem pn loan for the 2015-16 season alongside Isaiah Brown, Lewis Baker, Nathan and Danilo Pantic and generally did well, scoring five goals whilst leading the line for a team that lost its manager mid-season and never recovered their best form. A contract dispute precluded him from going back on loan the following year, instead limiting him to just six Development Squad outings in a wasted year.

In June it was announced that he had agreed to join Liverpool at the end of his contract, with the fee to be decided by a tribunal.


Dominic has been capped by England up to Under-21 level and was integral to the Under-17s' run to the Final of the 2014 European Championships in Malta with 10 goals in 13 caps over the course of 2013-14.

He was a part of the successful Under-20 World Cup winning side in South Korea in 2017 and was named the Player of the Tournament.

He remains eligible for Nigeria.

Career statistics

Youth, Reserve and Under-21 Football

Season Under-18 Euro U19 Under-21 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2012-13 10 2 0 0 0 0 10 2
2013-14 25 20 2 0 1 0 28 20
2014-15 12 14 9 12 18 15 39 41
2015-16 - - - - - - - -
2016-17 - - - - 6 2 6 2
Total 47 36 11 12 25 17 83 65

(Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2016-17 season)

First team

Season Club Prem FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2014-15 Chelsea 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2015-16 Vitesse Arnhem (loan) 25 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 7
Total 25 7 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 27 7

(Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2016-17 season)

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