If you cast your mind back to Rangers’ two transfer windows of last season, both threatened to be dominated by £19m man Dominic Solanke.
Then of Liverpool, the highly-rated former Chelsea youth star was a name said to be at the forefront of Steven Gerrard’s shopping list given the Anfield connection.
Rangers were even said to have had a loan move rebuffed for the in-demand striker back in September last year [London Evening Standard].
But after a £19m move to Bournemouth just four days into the January transfer window stifled the hopes of the Ibrox support, Solanke’s career since raises questions over why we got ourselves in such a tizzy over the striker.
Since moving to the Cherries for the eye-watering fee Dominic Solanke has yet to find the back of the net in 29 appearances.
His profligacy in front of goal was also summed up in Bournemouth’s recent 2-0 defeat to Brighton, where the striker failed to haul his team out of trouble despite playing the full 90 minutes.
Solanke is yet to find the net despite making 17 appearances for Bournemouth in the Premier League this season. Nine of those appearances have been starts.
Solanke didn’t score in two matches in the league cup either.
The 29 games Solanke has played for Bournemouth over the last 12 months are also the most senior matches the former England youth international has played for any one club.
The 27 Solanke played in for Liverpool heralded only one goal, whilst his seven-goal haul at Vitesse Arnhem came in 26 games.
Solanke also made one full appearance for the Chelsea first-team [stats courtesy of Transfermarkt].
Whilst the striker’s record at U23 and reserve level remains particularly impressive, so far the 22-year-old is yet to find his feet and form in men’s football.
Can you imagine how the Copland Road would’ve reacted to this kind of form on the pitch at Ibrox?
Whilst Rangers wouldn’t have shelled out such a transfer fee we’d have spent a considerable outlay on a loan move for a player who is yet to prove he can cut it at this level.
Rangers fans, and potentially the Ibrox board, may well be breathing a sigh of relief over not stumping up the cash for the stuttering if not talented forward.