Paul Merson has claimed that one-time Liverpool man Dominic Solanke is ‘too good’ to be playing in the Championship, as he told Soccer Special on Sky Sports (14/09/21 at 7:30 pm).
The former midfielder stated that Solanke, during his time at Liverpool, had ‘too many good players’ ahead of him.
Solanke initially joined Liverpool on a free-transfer from Chelsea as a hot prospect, but constantly found himself warming the bench or not being in the squad at all.
Despite never scoring a goal for Liverpool and making very little impact, those in the Bournemouth boardroom still paid £19 million for his talents (BBC Sport).
It backfired because he struggled under Eddie Howe and was eventually relegated with the South Coast club and now he has got his scoring boots on in England’s second-tier.
Merson thinks him scoring on a regular basis in the Championship will provide him with that ‘confidence’ he needs to make that step up once more.
“I think he is too good for this league,” said Merson. “I think this helps him. Scoring goals here gives him confidence. Then you can move back into the Premier League.
“I think when he went into the Premier League. I think he struggled. But this will give him confidence. Then when he does move up, it’s not going to be easy. We see that with Toney. You don’t get a lot of chances.
“You are playing in the Championship, your team are getting 12 chances a game and you have got a brace, then it adds up and you get 30 odd goals.
“You get to the Premier League, you are standing up front, you get one chance and you have to be cold – he got behind the eight-ball at Liverpool. Too many good players ahead of him.”
Already this season, Solanke has scored five goals in seven Championship games for the Cherries (transfermarkt).
Last season, he found the back of the net on 15 occasions during his 40 matches and supplied an impressive 11 assists (transfermarkt).
But whatever happens to Bournemouth this season, in regards to their promotion push, he needs to make himself known to Premier League clubs by netting 20+ goals.
If he does then, like Adam Armstrong who moved from Blackburn to Southampton this summer, he might earn a spot at a mid-table Premier League club.
That’s if he doesn’t help Scott Parker’s side earn promotion this season because they are unbeaten after seven matches.