Several Liverpool fans still think that Dominic Solanke will fulfil his potential, despite his dismal record in front of goal so far in his career.
The 22-year-old, who now plays for AFC Bournemouth, has failed to live up to expectations after winning the Golden Ball award at the FIFA under-20 World Cup in 2017 (via fifa.com).
In his time at Liverpool he managed to score just one goal in his 27 appearances and since moving to Bournemouth he has failed to score at all in 20 appearances (via Transfermarkt).
Despite those records, Solanke has still commanded significant transfer fees in his short career. Indeed the Cherries paid Liverpool a reported £19 million in January (via BBC Sport), and the Reds themselves had to pay Chelsea between £3 million to £10 million for his services (via Liverpool Echo).
He does have a good record in England’s youth teams, scoring nine times for the under-21’s, 10 times for the under-20’s and 11 times for the under-17’s (via Transfermarkt). But there is no doubting that his club record is disappointing.
A Liverpool fan account – Empire of the Kop – recently posted some of Solanke’s stats on Twitter, suggesting that it was “mad” that he had commanded such transfer fees despite his poor goals record.
However, perhaps surprisingly a number of Reds fans leapt to the defence of the young striker, insisting that he will eventually fulfil his potential.
Here is what some of them had to say…
Actually I have high hopes of him and knows he will be a decent player. At the same time I also knows he might not be decent enough for our first team, judging by how many options we have already. So it’s inevitable he would go at one point. Shame, but no other choice.
— Putra Septiadi (@putraseptiadii) October 17, 2019
He’s still a good player, just struggling to score at the moment. I think it’ll come
— adam (@lfcads2001) October 17, 2019
National team goals are unreal, just needs to be backed more pic.twitter.com/KkYB3FfVi8
— JT (@ITOLDYOUSOOO) October 17, 2019
Think he needs more consistent game time, definitely talent in there, his international record is very impressive but feel he’s a confidence player, sort of similar to Origi in a way
— Craig (@CraigH_LFC) October 17, 2019
The right coach can develop him, in a mid-table side where he gets playing time. . He is young. You can’t be top goalscorer in the U-20 WC and not have talent.
— Ashwin Sambasivan (@AshwinUtmost108) October 17, 2019
great player, irrespective of the stats
— Thando Magaya (@ThandoeMagaya) October 17, 2019
He’s that good. But, I think he needs to go through the kinda path Tammy and Mount went through. Otherwise, the struggle would be inevitable.
— Peace of Mine (@ExxentrikAdonis) October 17, 2019
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