In one of his recent interviews, Aston Villa’s manager, Steve Bruce, urged Liverpool’s starlet, Dominic Solanke, to take a step down and to ply his trade in the Championship in order to get more game time under his belt. Having moved to the ranks of Jurgen Klopp in the summer from Chelsea, Solanke has failed to bag even a single start for his new employers and Bruce sees this as a major cause of concern for the attacker’s further development.
Bruce highlighted the confusing situation that has arisen, given that the 20-year-old gets a fair share of chances with the English national side but isn’t really trusted by Klopp as of now. So far this season, Solanke has secured merely 85 minutes under his belt and a loan deal to brush himself might be a good move.The Villans might very well be interested to secure a loan deal to acquire Solanke’s services in the upcoming January transfer window, for he is really a talented youngster.
Solanke emerged through the youth ranks of Chelsea and was one of their highly rated prodigies. He is still in the learning years and from what we have seen so far in his brief career, he has the potential to be a galvanizing asset in a few years down the line. Solanke is one of the most lethal strikers of his age group as his clinical finishing technique and predatory skills haven’t gone unnoticed. Besides, he is an excellent dribbler as well.
The Englishman is capable of operating effectively from the wings as well as an attacking midfielder, thus showing his versatility. He reads the game brilliantly, takes proactive measures to smash goals and create chances for his teammates and not many would argue against the notion that he patiently waits for the opposition to create a mistake, before making full use of it. Moreover, he holds the ball meticulously in the final third and is good in the air too.
Aston Villa did have a decent start to their season, having collected 35 points from 19 games so far and are placed at the 4th spot in the league table. The Lions are enduring an acute shortage of striker, having lost Jonathan Kodjia for a number of months through injury, while Keinan Davis also picked up an injury while playing against Ipswich Town on Saturday. Thus, Solanke, with his calibre, could be a welcome (and much needed) addition to the attacking arsenal of Aston Villa in their quest to earn a promotion.