Dominic Solanke left Chelsea for Liverpool in the summer trying to avoid the same fate of the many loanees before him. Solanke saw an unclear future in the search for first team football at Chelsea, thus deciding to join Liverpool for much greener pastures.
However, since his arrival Solanke has also struggled to break into Jurgen Klopp’s squad, and Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has urged the young English forward to exercise his right for a loan move when the January transfer window opens.
Solanke has only clocked in 151 Premier League minutes thus far this campaign, coupled with intermittent appearances in cup competitions, as well as a call up in last month’s international friendlies. Bruce has called for the player to go out on loan so that his development is not stifled.
Bruce was rather animated when speaking about the treatment of Solanke. He said: “We have young players all over the country doing well – but not playing. (via Daily Mirror)
“At the moment, we’ve got the ludicrous situation of Solanke playing for England when he’s hardly had a game with Liverpool. That can’t be right.”
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a loanee from Chelsea enjoying the fruitfulness of playing regularly. Loftus-Cheek is currently on loan at Crystal Palace, playing week-in, week-out. His performances at Palace have earned him the attention that not just gets him called up to the England squad, but also places him in conversation that could see him on the plane to the World Cup.
If Solanke is to follow in the same fruitful path of his former teammate at Chelsea, then he should heed Bruce’s advice and seek out a loan move where his development can flourish.