Dominic Solanke has experienced a lot of success with the England under-21 outfit in recent weeks, proving his quality consistently. However, he is struggling much more domestically.
The 20-year-old is one of England’s brightest prospects, but is just not getting the game time to fulfil his potential. He made just five starts for The Reds last season, after joining from Chelsea, and is yet to feature this season.
He was unlikely to make an appearance at Chelsea, a club that are infamously unwilling to give young talent appearances, and it looked as though heading to Anfield was the right option. However, the signs are beginning to show that it was not as good a decision as first believed.
With Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge ahead of him in the pecking order at Liverpool, Solanke must battle to make an appearance this season. But, in truth, it seems highly unlikely that he will be able to usurp the Brazilian at any point this season as The Reds hunt for the Premier League.
Solanke will have to make the choice of whether he wants to stay with The Reds or not. With players like Mo Salah in the squad, it must be a joy to play for the club, however, he must know that he is affecting his chances of earning an England senior call up or becoming a force in the Premier League.
It is clear that England manager Gareth Southgate is not adverse to giving young players a chance, with some newly capped players being younger than Solanke himself. However, it is fair to say that Solanke is nowhere near the senior team at the moment.
He is still very young at 20, but there will be a point where he has reached the age where he wants, and needs, to continuously play, rather than settling for the role that he has. The only option he really has is to move; be it on loan or permanently. Many young players have had a stint at smaller Premier League clubs, and it has proved to be very fruitful.
Solanke would only need to talk to teammate Sturridge, who had a loan spell at Bolton in his younger years, to learn of the benefit of moving away for a season. For the sake of his career, the 20-year-old surely must do this.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!