Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in securing a loan deal for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke during the January transfer window.
The former Chelsea academy star moved to Anfield in May of 2017 following the expiration of his contract with the Blues but despite high hopes when first making the switch to the North West, he’s found first-team opportunities hard to come by under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp.
After making a total of 27 appearances for the Reds in all competitions last term, Dominic hasn’t featured at all since August, leading to him feeling the need to get away in a bid to revive his prospects of a long-term career in the Premier League. There is also thought to be serious interest in him from Steven Gerrard’s Rangers but with Palace offering a higher standard of opponent each week, the pull of working for a Liverpool legend may be diminished somewhat in Solanke’s mind.
Having taken Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the entirely of the 2017-18 season and turned the Chelsea man from a mere prospect into a regular first-teamer, the potential reward on offer for a player in Dom’s position is clear and with Palace known to be severely lacking in striking options as things stand, the path to a starting place couldn’t be more open.
With Jordan Ayew still only on loan to Palace from Swansea, we could well send him back in January and make Solanke the Ghanian’s direct replacement until May; a move which I would certainly welcome given the lack of production we’ve seen from the 27-year-old so far.
Who knows? If things go well, we may end up making Solanke’s stay a permanent one over the summer. Watch this space.