Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly gone back on his word by agreeing to send 17-year-old goal machine Dominic Solanke out on loan this season.
Solanke, who scored 41 goals for Chelsea’s youth teams last season according to the Daily Mail, is training with Eredivisie outfit Vitesse Arnhem.
Dominic Solanke traint mee bij #Vitesse: http://t.co/vxq2Mi3wPO pic.twitter.com/h2xWruNU9r
— Vitesse (@MijnVitesse) August 4, 2015
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Vitesse have already signed four Blues starlets on loan this summer – Izzy Brown, Nathan, Danilo Pantic and Lewis Baker.
Eurosport report that Solanke is training with Vitesse because he is poised to join them on a season-long deal.
In addition to his stunning performances for Chelsea’s junior sides, Solanke made his senior debut last season, coming off the bench for a 20-minute cameo in a 6-0 win over NK Maribor in the Champions League in October.
However, his most impressive form came at Under-18 level, as he helped Chelsea win the FA Youth Cup. Solanke also led Chelsea’s Under-19 side to glory in the UEFA Youth League.
After watching Solanke score against Manchester City in the first leg of Chelsea’s Youth Cup final triumph, Mourinho suggested that he would not be sending the teenager out on loan for the 2015-16 season.
Mourinho told getwestlondon.co.uk that Solanke’s development would be better served by remaining at Stamford Bridge.
He said: “In my opinion, next year, he has two ways to go. One would be a big mistake and another one is the correct direction.
“To go on loan for a Championship team, or to another team in England or in Europe, would be a big mistake.
“Staying at Chelsea, training with the first-team, having pre-season with the first-team, some periods cover to the main strikers, playing for the U21s and U18s every week.
“I think he would never need to go out on loan and just go step by step here and in a couple of years he’ll be a first-team player.”
Solanke possesses many attributes that make him a great goal-getter. Physically, he is fast and strong. He also has the ability to think quickly and finish clinically – as the video below demonstrates.
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Chelsea have sent many players to Vitesse since the Dutch outfit become their feeder club in 2010.
Wallace, Bertrand Traore, Josh McEachran, Patrick van Aanholt, Cristian Cuevas, Lucas Piazon, Christian Atsu, Tomas Kalas, Gael Kakuta, Ulises Davila, Matej Delac and Slobodan Rajkovic have all spent time with Vitesse.
None of those 12 men have established themselves as regular first-team players at Chelsea since returning from the GelreDome.
Just one player in Chelsea’s current first XI went to Vitesse as part of his footballing education. That player is Nemanja Matic.
However, Matic was sold by Chelsea to Benfica immediately after returning from his Dutch loan, only to be bought back two and a half years later.