'Quality throughout' - Chelsea wonderkid Dominic Solanke comments on Blues Academy

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Dominic Solanke made his first-team debut for Chelsea the their 6-0 Champions League victory over Maribor.

The 17-year-old forward was named on the bench on Saturday for the Blues Premier League tie at Crystal Palace, although he failed to get onto the pitch in the tense game.

He remained with the first-team squad for Tuesday night’s game at Stamford Bridge against Maribor in the Champions League, and, with the West Londoners 4-0 up inside 60 minutes, Jose Mourinho gave Solanke his debut as a 73rd minute substitute.

He did little of note during his 20-minute cameo, but the England Under-18 international looks set to have a bright future at Stamford Bridge, and, following the injury to Loic Remy early in the Maribor tie, he is likely to figure on the bench on Sunday - as the Blues travel to Manchester United.

The youngster is one of the many talents progressing through the Chelsea Academy that the Blues are pinning their future hopes on, with Lewis Baker, John Swift, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Izzy Brown also making a name for themselves as youth level - whilst Nathan Ake was a fellow second-half substitute in the Maribor game.

Despite John Terry being the last player to progress through the Academy system and become a first-team regular - almost 15 years ago - Solanke praised the talent in the current youth teams, claiming that a number of the young players will get a chance if they continue to perform.

“There's a lot of quality throughout the academy and I think quite a few can get a chance if they keep on working well,” he said, when interviewed after the game.

“I’m just lucky to be able to tonight.”

Solanke was the joint top scorer at the 2014 European Under-17 Championship, scoring four goals, and was one of the players that Jose Mourinho admitted would become an England regular in the future - or else the Portuguese coach should take the blame.

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