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Dominic Solanke (!?)

Yid-ol

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I genuinely think a centre forward is the priority, one that can actually hold on to the ball.

Much prefer one that can put the ball in the back of the net 😂 but we do need one as a priority. Striker and LB as a must, CM and wide forwards as bonus/if we sell players.
 

djhotspur

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Much prefer one that can put the ball in the back of the net 😂 but we do need one as a priority. Striker and LB as a must, CM and wide forwards as bonus/if we sell players.
I think a 6, a LW and a striker are all key priorities to start. Then, a LB a 4th CB and a 10 are squad fillers/players to compete.
 

HildoSpur

Likes Erik Lamela, deal with it.
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I'd rather just keep Richarlison to be honest. I don't think Solanke is anything special.
 

N'Obody

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He's an OK player but not much more than Richy, bar a bit more pace. We need someone like Watkins or Isak tbh.
 

djhotspur

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He's an OK player but not much more than Richy, bar a bit more pace. We need someone like Watkins or Isak tbh.
We arent spending 100m on a forward of that quality tho sadly. Unelss we got huge investment.....
 

Trix

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Is that the Solanke who has scored 17 goals in 32 games and 3 assists this season?

That Solanke?

"Nothing special"?

Just who is your "special" striker pray tell?
How many strikers do that for one season in the Prem and then sink back to mediocrity though. Scored 7 in 35 last season.

There are much better options out there for the money Solanke would cost.
 

0-Tibsy-0

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How many strikers do that for one season in the Prem and then sink back to mediocrity though. Scored 7 in 35 last season.

There are much better options out there for the money Solanke would cost.

Michu is the one I always think about. Wanted to splash big money on him :ROFLMAO:
 

HildoSpur

Likes Erik Lamela, deal with it.
Oct 1, 2005
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Is that the Solanke who has scored 17 goals in 32 games and 3 assists this season?

That Solanke?

"Nothing special"?

Just who is your "special" striker pray tell?
He is having a purple patch right now but I've seen nothing of him throughout his career that suggests he can maintain this level or indeed that he anything more than a mid level, average English striker. He is absolutely nothing special at all in my opinion and would be horrifically overpriced and also I don't think he is any better than Richarlison (in fact I prefer Richy).
 

worcestersauce

"I'm no optimist I'm just a prisoner of hope
Jan 23, 2006
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How many strikers do that for one season in the Prem and then sink back to mediocrity though. Scored 7 in 35 last season.

There are much better options out there for the money Solanke would cost.
I'm sort of in this camp.
I believe he is what we need but I am not sure he's who we need, other options could be better.
 

purplemonkey

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Easy to dismiss Solanke as a flash in the pan, but it’s not as though his breakthrough is entirely random. He was an elite youth player and he broke goal scoring records coming through at Chelsea which was one of the top academies in the world at the time. Won the Golden Ball as he helped England win the U20 WC. Earned a big move to Liverpool and made his PL debut at 19. Bought by Howe (who in retrospect you have to say has a decent eye for strikers) for £19m. This is a kid who had serious pedigree and potential. He’s been on the scene for ages so it felt as though his career was flatlining but he put up more than decent numbers in the Championship to spearhead Bournemouth’s promotion (26 G/A from 40 followed by 36 G/A from 46 apps) and has continued his growth curve ever since. He’s now fulfilling his promise under a manager who is getting the best out of him and he’s hitting his stride at 26. The likes of Watkins and Toney didn’t make the step up to the PL till they were 24/25 so he’s tracking reasonably well in comparison and it goes to show that continuous improvement isn’t beyond him, even as a late bloomer.

I think it also says a lot for his character that he’s been able to overcome adversity and the weight of expectations having failed to break through at a top club and initially struggling to justify his price tag at Bournemouth. Many in that situation would have sunk without a trace - just look at the careers of Brewster, or Ibe who is now playing non league. Even when he wasn’t scoring goals he was favoured by all of his managers because he worked tirelessly to make himself and his team better. That suggests to me that he’s far less likely to go off the boil and lose his focus.

He has adapted really well and his playing his best football yet under a progressive coach who implements a super high press, and I think his journey would resonate a lot with someone like Ange. I can definitely see him being a target, not least because he’s also HG.
 
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