Dominic Solanke’s journey to success in the Premier League has been a remarkable one, overcoming earlier struggles at Chelsea and Liverpool to become a thriving striker for Bournemouth.
The 26-year-old, who had a challenging stint at Chelsea and Liverpool, scoring only one goal in a total of 28 appearances for both clubs from 2014 to 2019, delivered a standout performance on Saturday.
Solanke played a pivotal role in Bournemouth’s historic 3-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford, marking the Cherries’ first-ever win at the iconic stadium.
With eight Premier League goals in 16 matches, Solanke’s impressive form has caught the attention of Owen Hargreaves, who expressed his desire to see the striker in a Manchester United jersey during an interview with Premier League Productions on December 11, 2023.
Amidst the struggles facing Manchester United, particularly in goal-scoring, Hargreaves believes Solanke could be the solution.
Rasmus Hojlund, a significant summer signing, is yet to find the net in the Premier League, and Marcus Rashford has only managed two goals this season.
Hargreaves envisions another significant move for Solanke and emphasizes the striker’s potential impact with his size, technical abilities, intelligence, and versatility in pressing and running channels.
Reflecting on Solanke’s earlier years at Chelsea and Liverpool, Hargreaves acknowledges the challenges of breaking into star-studded lineups but highlights the learning experience gained from being around top players like Firmino, Mane, and Salah at Liverpool.
Despite Solanke’s initial struggles after joining Bournemouth and their subsequent relegation, he rebounded, showcasing his true value and contributing to the team’s promotion back to the Premier League.
Now, thriving in an attack-minded Bournemouth side, Solanke has become a standout performer, catching the eye of admirers like Hargreaves.