Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke has been in prolific form since the start of last season and has 13 league goals to his name already this season as Scott Parker’s side target a top flight return
Dominic Solanke has just four Premier League goals to his name – but he’s eager to get back there and prove he truly belongs in the top flight.
Solanke started his career at Chelsea but struggled to break into the first team at Stamford Bridge, leaving after just a solitary senior apperance.
He then left to join fellow heavyweights Liverpool but managed just one goal in his entire stay at Anfield, where he was mainly used as a back-up.
In 2019 he then took the plunge and left for Bournemouth, who forked out £19million for his services.
He initially struggled at the Cherries, taking 18 months to register his first goal.
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But following their relegation to the Championship Solanke has stepped up to be the team’s talisman.
He notched 15 goals last season as Bournemouth fell short at the play-off semi-final stage. This term he has already scored 13 times, with Scott Parker’s side sitting pretty at the top of the league – eight points clear of third-placed West Brom and having tasted defeat just once this season.
Solanke, now aged 24, insists he doesn’t have regrets about his lack of playing time at Anfield or Chelsea. But he says he is desperate to get back to the Premier League and prove his worth.
Speaking to goal.com he said: “I enjoyed my time (at Liverpool) and I learned a lot.
“I was around some really nice people and top players. I wouldn’t say I’ve got any regrets. I just wanted to go out and play.
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“Bournemouth attracted me with their style of play and the manager at the time. I just felt it was the right step for me.
“When we got relegated, I saw this as an opportunity to get my confidence back, play week in, week out, and get that flow back. I think that’s what I’m doing now and I’m looking to keep progressing.
“I want to get back to the Premier League and prove that I can be a regular goalscorer there.
“That’s the main thing I want to achieve right now. My confidence is a lot different to how it was back then.
“I’m a lot older and stronger now, so that will definitely help me. I feel a lot more complete.”
This weekend sees Bournemouth return to action following the international break and Solanke will be licking his lips with a game against the division’s bottom side.
Sunday sees them travel to Derby County, who are still reeling after a nine-point deduction was handed down.
It takes the Rams to minus-three points following a 12-point docking they received for entering administration earlier in the campaign.