Facing exile at his current club, should Tottenham Hotspur rescue this teenage striker?

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Chelsea's Dominic Solanke could be banished to the Under-21s, a report claims.

According to a report in the Times, Dominic Solanke is facing exile at Chelsea having allegedly requested a £50,000-a-week new contract.

If true, that's some cheek from a player who's played just 17 minutes of first team football for the Blues.

But on the other hand, what a shame it would be to see the development of one of the English game's brightest talents blocked.

Solanke has flourished on loan to Vitesse Arnhem this season, scoring seven goals in 24 Eredivisie appearances, and must continue his exposure to the men's game next term.

But if Chelsea aren't going to play him, should Tottenham Hotspur take a punt?

Of course, Spurs won't be paying him £50,000 a week either. For all his achievements, Dele Alli is said to earn half of that, while the Mail reports that Christian Eriksen will net only £30,000-a-week more from his proposed new deal.

But what they could offer is a more direct route to senior football - and for that the England Under-21 international may be willing to lower his demands.

You can count on the one hand how many youth players - for all Chelsea's success at pre-first team level - have gone on to make the grade at Stamford Bridge.

And while things may be different under new head coach Antonio Conte next season, Mauricio Pochettino's track record of youth development is there for all to see.

The Argentine admitted last month that Spurs will look to sign a new striker this summer, with young front men Michy Batshuayi, Sebastien Haller and Moussa Dembele among the many names being linked by the press.

With Harry Kane unlikely to be budged from the starting eleven any time soon - not on a regular basis at least - the club's perceived preference to land a player with their training wheels still on certainly makes a lot of sense.

There are plenty of fixtures in which a young Tottenham Hotspur player cut could his teeth next season.

And, putting all previous allegiances aside, if you asked Solanke where he would rather be, he'd be daft to reply anything but: White Hart Lane, under Pochettino, playing Champions League football.

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