Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho sprung something of a surprise by naming Dominic Solanke on the bench for the Blues’ match against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The teenager has been making waves at Stamford Bridge for younger age-groups for quite some time, but for those Chelsea fans wanting to know a little more about him, here are five facts to get you started:
1) Solanke was born in Reading in 1997. He is predominantly a centre-forward, although he can operate on either wing when required.
2) The 17-year-old had a simply outstanding record for Chelsea’s under-18s last season, ending the campaign with 20 goals in 25 games.
3) Solanke really shot to prominence when he scored back-to-back hat-tricks against Dartford and Reading last season.
4) The Chelsea teenager has represented England at under-16, under-17 and under-18 level. In a total of 20 appearances across all three age-ranges, Solanke has netted 11 goals to date.
5) This season Solanke has scored two goals and provided two assists in Chelsea’s opening two UEFA Youth League matches.