‘It will influence a lot of young players’: Dominic Solanke happy to be following Jadon Sancho’s example after completing move to Bournemouth
- New Bournemouth singing Dominic Solanke left Liverpool for first team football
- He was inspired to leave Anfield after watching Jadon Sancho thrive in Germany
- Solanke believes Sancho’s example is affecting a lot of young English players
Dominic Solanke believes young English players are being inspired to leave big clubs by the success of Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund.
Sancho, 18, has transformed from an untested talent to an England international since leaving Manchester City in 2017, and Solanke is convinced it has set a trend for developing players who are not getting game time.
The 21-year-old himself faced that familiar dilemma at Chelsea and Liverpool, where he made only five league starts in a season and a half under Jurgen Klopp, and the striker’s hope is that his £19m move to Bournemouth will kick-start his career.
Jadon Sancho left Manchester City to join Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and has thrived
In citing Sancho’s form since stepping away from City, Solanke said: ‘I think if you looked back a few years ago you probably wouldn’t see it so much, as many young players doing so well.
‘(What is happening with Sancho) has affected everyone – when one young player sees another young player doing that they think they can do it as well, especially when everyone is playing international level together and your team-mates are doing well and you think you can as well.
‘It is affecting everyone and everyone wants to do well. Sancho is doing so well in Germany and a lot of players would like to follow his path. What he has done, getting into the England team at such a young age, it will influence a lot of young players.’
Dominic Solanke was encouraged by Sancho’s example to leave Liverpool for Bournemouth
Solanke added: ‘I think every footballer just wants to play, especially when you are young. You want to show what you can do so I think you have to wait for the right time. I am looking forward to playing here.
‘There have been good and negative times but I think it is all about playing, really. When you are not playing you are not really happy so just in the future I want to play as much as I can.
‘I think football is always evolving. You saw with Marcus (Rashford) a few years ago he got a chance through injury and he took it.
‘He has made it at one of the biggest clubs (Manchester United) in the world. Everyone has different paths. It is about your patience and what path you take.’
Since moving to Germany, Sancho has gone on to make three senior England appearances