When Dominic Solanke made the move from Liverpool to AFC Bournemouth the Cherries faithful were hopeful that he was set to be the first true success story following a transfer from Anfield to Dean Court.
A lot of money has been sent to Liverpool in the form of transfer fees from AFC Bournemouth since promotion to the Premier League.
£15million spent on Jordon Ibe, £3million on Brad Smith, a reported hefty loan fee to sign Nathaniel Clyne for six months and in the region of £19million on the signing of Solanke.
So far all four signings have failed to make instant impacts at Dean Court, with Ibe making just seven Premier League starts this campaign, Smith on loan to MLS side Seattle and Clyne losing his place in the side with the return from injury of Adam Smith.
Solanke has also had a slow start to his AFC Bournemouth career with just 9 Premier League appearances, including 2 starts, totalling 324 minutes of football. He has claimed one assist but is yet to find the net himself.
AFC Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke told the Daily Echo…
“It’s something I’ll be hoping to get before the end of the season.
“I’m looking forward to just carrying on playing and hopefully getting a goal soon.
“As a striker you always want to score so when you get on, that’s the one thing you want to do. But you’ve got to think of the team as well and we’ve got to get a few more wins before the end of the season.”
“Bournemouth is a fantastic place for me to be at the moment.
Brad Smith has been poor in the games I have seen him play and certainly no better than Diego Rico.
Ibe has had more than enough game time to show his worth, and can’t be carried forever in our squad.
Clyne is not as good as Simon Francis or Adam Smith at right back in my opinion.
Solanke may prove the best of a failed lot, I am hoping so anyway, but then we paid a lot for his ‘potential’
As for Liverpool’s schooling?…well you would expect that I guess, although if you read the comments of LFC fans they have laughed us off as an easy touch to unload the players in their squad who are not good enough.
There is also the factor that they see us as a small club compared to where they have come from and that shows sometimes in their application on the pitch I feel? – Join the conversation, click here.