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The 18-goal wonderkid lighting up Chelsea's youth team

Could Dominic Solanke one day be Chelsea's strike solution?

Move over Patrick Bamford, Islam Feruz, there's a new Chelsea strike sensation coming through, and his name is Dominic Solanke.

The 16-year-old notched the opener in the club's FA Youth Cup quarter-final win at Newcastle in midweek, scoring his sixth goal in the tournament.

It was his 18th goal of the season so far, a figure no striker in the club's senior team is anywhere near to.

So what can we tell you about the club's future strike sensation?

1) Solanke was born in September 1997, just days before the Blues lost 3-2 at The Bridge to Arsenal thanks to a Kanu inspired hat-trick.

2) He is an England under-17 international, and has five goals in seven games for the Young Lions, including a match-winning brace in a 2-1 victory over Belgium in January.

3) At the end of last year he scored two hat-tricks in back-to-back games, including one over FA Youth Cup semi-finalists Reading, who knocked out Liverpool last night.

4) Only 16, he is a regular in the under-18s but has already appeared for Chelsea's under-21 side, and has also featured in the UEFA Youth League, an under-19 tournament.

5) While representing England, Solanke is also eligible to play for Nigeria at senior international level thanks to his dad who hails from the African country.

Check out Solanke in action netting his brace against Belgium in the highlight video below:


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