Liverpool fans couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to new signing Dominic Solanke with the striker being named Player of the Tournament after helping England win the U20 World Cup.
Solanke, who will complete his move to Anfield on July 1, emerged as a star performer in a highly-talented England side and led the line yet again in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Venezuela.
Two fearless young sides produced a thrilling showdown but it was the Three Lions that eventually came out on top thanks to a first half goal from Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and a stunning second-half penalty save from goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.
While Solanke was unable to add to his tally of four goals, thereby meaning he missed out on the Golden Boot, he did once again showcase increasingly familiar traits to his game in terms of not only a desire to get into the box but also an interesting tendency to drop deep and work the channels to function as a creator.
The forward was unlucky not to get himself on the score-sheet in the first half, squandering a close range effort on the 10 minute mark before hitting a 25-yard strike wide shortly after. England’s triumph came following a superb semi-final display that saw Solanke score twice to drive his team towards a 3-1 win over Italy.
He was rightly awarded the Golden Ball after Sunday’s victory for his dominant performances throughout the entire competition, enhancing an already positive reputation ahead of an exciting chapter in his club career.
🥇 Dominic SOLANKE
🥈 Federico VALVERDE
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— #U20WC (@FIFAcom) June 11, 2017
Liverpool were well-represented in the final with Sheyi Ojo also making a notable contribution as a second half substitute, proving to be a fresh and frankly electric attacking threat to help England regain control of a game at a time when their opponents were looking dangerous. Midfielder Ovie Ejaria was also on the bench but didn’t manage to get on having only started one group game and made a handful of cameo appearances in the build up to the occasion.
It was a landmark day for England and another special moment for Solanke, who will certainly be feeling on top of the world given the way things are going for him right now.