Chelsea youngster Dominic Solanke has revealed that Under-21 manager Adi Viveash has been a big help in his development at the club.
The 17-year-old striker joined the club as a youngster and has risen through the youth ranks, impressing at all levels and garnishing praise from boss Jose Mourinho.
The flamboyant coach labelled Solanke as a future England international and confirmed his confidence by handing the wonderkid his first-team debut during the Blues' 6-0 thrashing of Maribor in the Champions League on Tuesday.
In an interview with the Chelsea official website, the young striker spoke of his debut with pride and revealed that he wouldn’t have reached such heights had it not been for U21 manger Adi Viveash.
“At the beginning of last season I certainly didn’t expect to have the year that I did but Adi helped me a lot and gave me confidence throughout so I managed to go on and have a really good season,” he said.
“It was great to see Adi move up as well in the summer. He’s put a lot of faith in me and helped me get where I am today so it’s good to be working with him again this season.
“All of my coaches during my time at Chelsea have always shown me support and helped me along the way so I’m thankful to all of them.”
Solanke netted an inspiring 20 goals in 25 appearances for the Chelsea U18 side last season and has continued to impress this campaign.
He has represented England at under-16, under-17 and under-18 levels and played a major role in the U17s European championship victory in May, netting four goals in four matches.