Chelsea have dropped a hint that Dominic Solanke could start up front for them against Arsenal by not playing him in a mid-week fixture, reports the Daily Express.
With Didier Drogba, Diego Costa, and Loic Remy all nursing injuries at the moment, the Blues are very short up front. Manager Jose Mourinho could put his faith in the youngster as a result.
Solanke was a part of the Under 19’s team which won the UEFA Youth League, and also in the Under 21’s team that has gone 3-1 up in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup against their Manchester City counterparts.
The forward was named England’s Young Player of the year in March, and has scored 19 goals for the youth team at Stamford Bridge. So the Gunners won’t have it too easy should the youngster be picked.
A hint has been given that Solanke could play against their London rivals as he didn’t feature in the mid-week Under 21’s game against Everton. This could be the management saving him for the weekend.
Even with this news it will be a surprise if Mourinho trusts in the teenager. The Portuguese has become known for not trusting younger players during his career.