Dominic Solanke on his hunger for more Chelsea first team action

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Solane mad his bow in the 6-0 Champions League win over Maribor.

Young Chelsea forward Dominic Solanke has said he wants more chances in the first team after appearing for the side in the Champions League win over Maribor last week.

Solanke played for just under 20 minutes in the 6-0 over the Slovenian side at Stamford Bridge and could be in line for more first team action when Chelsea take on Shrewsbury Town in the Capital One Cup at the New Meadow tonight.

Just 48 hours after their 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho will look to freshen up the side, and Solanke's chances are enhanced with the absence of Diego Costa and Loic Remy through injury.

He told the London Evening Standard: “Of course I want more. I see it as just a start for me. Everyone wants to make it to the top and go on to win many things. I just have to keep going and keep working and see how far I can get.”

The teenager added that the trio of Costa, Remy and Didier Drogba are good role models for him to learn from, and that being part of a first team that has world class players at their disposal.

He added: “Didier, Diego and Loic are good to me and help me during training - they give me tips, they are good role models for me.

“Obviously the first team is at a higher level than at the academy, so when you step up, you can’t hide. You have to be open and let yourself improve. Certainly working with world-class players, you have to take the opportunity when it comes up."

Tonight could be a big chance for Solanke to show he can be a useful asset to Jose Mourinho during the season, especially if injury worries to their front line forwards persist. Though he may only be 17, if he can show he can do an effective job for the side during his time in the first team, it will give plenty of positive food for though for the Chelsea boss.

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