Dominic Solanke - Chelsea's next big thing

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Dom Solanke can be Chelsea's next superstar. The young Englishman is a forward who has progressed rapidly through Chelsea's youth academy, and was named in the Blues' senior match-day squads for Premier League and Champions League competition, even taking to the field for a brief debut in the latter.

The striker has already cemented his position in Chelsea's under-21s squad at the tender age of 17.

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Young talent

Despite only collecting his GCSE results in August of this year, Solanke was called up to the senior side to face Crystal Palace on Saturday in Diego Costa's absence. The starlet was moments away from sealing his first senior appearance, but a late Palace consolation goal saw veteran forward Didier Drogba take to the fray instead.

Three days later, he did go on to take to the field, appearing as a late substitute against Maribor in the Champions League.

One of many

Solanke is one of a plethora of youngsters emerging from Chelsea's youth ranks, helping fire them to an FA Youth Cup victory last term, scoring twice in the final and striking successive hat-tricks in the antecedent rounds.

Notching on 20 occasions for Chelsea's youth sides last season, the pacey youngster has recently pledged his future to the club he has represented since 2004, signing a three-year-deal; his first professional contract.

Solanke ability

The physically adept forward has also represented England at youth level, scoring the winner against Holland for the under-18s just a month ago. Many believe that he is also on the verge of breaking into Gareth Southgate's under-21 side.

However, due to his father's nationality, the youngster could be available for Nigerian selection, should he choose to represent the African nation instead of the country he plays his club football in.

Combining strength, pace and power with lethal finishing, Solanke's advanced physique, footballing intellect and technical ability mean that he is perfectly suited to Premier League football.

This, alongside his determination, dedication and work ethic create the image of a model player and provide reasoning as to why his is so highly ranked in Mourinho's books.

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