Crystal Palace have been routinely linked with a move for Liverpool front-man Dominic Solanke over the last few weeks and despite recent stories linking him with a move north of the border, it seems as though the Eagles remain in the driving seat to secure his signature.
Having begun his professional career with Chelsea back in 2014, the Reading-born striker struggled to force his way into the Blues’ first-team and spent time away on loan with Vitesse as a result, sending alarm bells ringing in his head over a long-term future at Stamford Bridge.
When in May of 2017 it was announced that Liverpool would be signing Solanke following the expiration of his Chelsea contract, a fair few pundits raised their eyebrows but to Jurgen Klopp’s credit, he has worked hard to give the youngster first-team minutes during the 18 months he’s spent on the books at Anfield. His 27 appearances for the Reds, 21 of which have come in the Premier League, prove that the German has faith in his abilities but with the likes of Salah, Firmino and Mane starting week in, week out, it’s bordering on impossible to guarantee him a starting place.
With that dilemma in mind, Palace feel like the perfect short-term destination for Solanke, whose need for game-time meshes well with the Eagles’ desperation for a natural finisher to operate at the head of the side. The team’s general performances have been fine, as shown perfectly by the display they put in at Old Trafford last weekend but with no one capable of finding the net on a regular basis, it’s difficult not to feel as though we’re throwing points away from game to game.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek proved last season that Palace is an ideal place to hone your craft, leaving me to hope that Solanke follows his example and makes the jump to SE25 on January the 1st.
Watch this space.