Chelsea might rethink pursuing Solanke as they look for a new forward

Graham Potter

Chelsea might want to contemplate pursuing Bournemouth’s in-form striker, Dominic Solanke. The 26-year old is currently experiencing a remarkable run of success while playing for Bournemouth.

Ex- Chelsea player Solanke has netted 13 goals in 21 games across all competitions this season. With 12 of those coming in the Premier League. His goal tally places him joint-second in the league’s scoring charts alongside Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. Only Manchester City’s Erling Haaland has surpassed the goal-scoring prowess of the Bournemouth talisman in the division this campaign.

During a talkSPORT discussion at 6:37 am on December 26, Jamie O’Hara and Ray Parlour were deliberating on Chelsea’s enduring issue in the No. 9 position. A proposal was there that Chelsea should consider re-signing Solanke. He initially emerged from Chelsea’s academy and made a solitary first-team appearance for the club. However, his professional journey subsequently led him to Liverpool and then to Bournemouth.

Will Chelsea actually go for Solanke?

Earlier this month, The Daily Star reported that Bournemouth has placed a valuation of approximately £50 million on Solanke, given interest from clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, and West Ham. Thriving under Andoni Iraola’s management, Solanke is evolving into a prolific Premier League goalscorer. The question arises whether he would contemplate a move to a new club given his current success.

In a statement made through Football London back in May, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard lauded Solanke as a “high talent.” While it’s encouraging to hear such praise from the Blues icon, reservations may still linger about the prospect of Bournemouth’s frontman evolving into the next Chelsea striker. The prudent approach would be to observe and assess how long this impressive run of form persists.

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