'Solanke is like Ibrahimovic'

The Chelsea youngster has impressed in his first eight appearances on loan at Vitesse, with one of the club's former players comparing him to the PSG star
Chelsea loanee Dominic Solanke has been compared to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, by former Vitesse defender Ferdi Vierklau.

The 18-year-old is spending this season on loan at the Eredivisie side as part of a partnership between the two clubs and has scored three goals in eight appearances.

Solanke's performances have won admirers in Holland, with Vierklau hailing his ability to produce moments of individual brilliance.

"He's clinical. Sometimes, with the most impossible balls he knows how to do something beautiful from nothing," Vierklau said.

"In that way, he is reminiscent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He's only 18-years-old and already doing so well.


"I expect he will only play one season as Chelsea will take him back and may want to loan him to an English club."

Along with Solanke, the Blues also sent youth prospects Isaiah Brown, Nathan, Danilo Pantic and Lewis Baker to the club on temporary deals.

Vitesse captain Guram Kashia would like them to remain at the club beyond the current campaign in order to aid their development and avoid another sizeable turnover in the squad.

"In one year, you do not learn enough at Vitesse to make the move back to Chelsea," he told NUsport.

"That's what I say to the young boys: don't leave after this season.

"There is a certain vision I must learn to go along with more - that every year a large part of the team leaves while I stay, which is quite difficult.

"Every year we have to build again."