Chelsea confirm Dominic Solanke loan move to Vitesse Arnhem

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Chelsea have confirmed that talented youngster Dominic Solanke has joined Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem on loan for next season. 

The 17-year-old made his first team debut for the Blues last season in their Champions League outing against Maribor, while he also featured during the tour of Australia and Thailand, getting on the scoresheet against the Thailand All-Stars.

A statement on Chelsea's official website read: "Dominic Solanke has today joined Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan. The striker embarks on his first loan spell away from Stamford Bridge at the Eredivisie club."

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According to Chelsea's official website they currently have 29 players out on loan at other clubs before including Solanke's move - although that number does include Mohamed Salah who has returned from his spell with Fiorentina and is expected to leave once more shortly.

Solanke is the fourth Chelsea player to make the move to Vitesse, following Isaiah Brown, Lewis Baker and Brazilian Nathan who all sealed their moves to the Dutch club earlier on in the window.

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Other Chelsea players, such as Josh McEachran, Christian Atsu and Lucas Piazon, have all spent time on loan with Vitesse in recent seasons, although none have managed to force their way into Jose Mourinho's first team.


The Special One has more pressing concerns however with the start of his team's title defence on the horizon. 

He suffered his first ever loss as a manager to Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger in the 1-0 Community Shield defeat at Wembley, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain bagging the only goal of the game.


Rightly or wrongly, Chelsea have made it their philosophy to sign the best young players from around the world and send them out on loan rather than developing them at home. 

There's no doubt they have some seriously talented youngsters but something seems broken in the system - why are none making it through into the starting XI? Is it that Mourinho simply isn't interested in developing youth when results now are all that matters?

Without that final step of development into the first team the Blues are doing little but trading players like commodities, and they are missing chances too. Kevin de Bruyne is now wanted by Manchester City for £40 million and Nemanja Matic was allowed to leave too.

What do you think is going wrong with Chelsea's loan system?

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