Dominic Solanke has made his biggest leading Chelsea goal, three years after leaving the club in 2017. The one-time academy’s position, Academy Player of the Year 2014-15, who used to pour goals together with current Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham as a teenager, broke his Premier League duck for AFC Bournemouth when Cherries recorded a massive 4-1 win over Leicester City in Sunday Night Football.
The loss means Chelsea will stay above Leicester City by a single point – in third place at the moment, but may fall to fourth if Manchester United beat Southampton tomorrow, as expected. The Blues are in no way made right to pay for the terrible bet against Sheffield United.
But what is said at half time made a difference, as the home page came out with much better intent. Still, they needed a bizarre penalty to level (Kasper Schmeichel made his best “bad room of Kepa” impression and hit his back on Wilfried Ndidi, who then abolished a penalty to try to prevent a goal), before Dominic Solanke scored a most unlikely goal, his first in the Premier League for Bournemouth in 39 attempts.
And then Solanke got a second too, because football is weird.
It makes matters worse for Leicester, Çağlar Söyüncü was suspended for kicking out on Callum Wilson after Solanke’s first goal, and is now likely to miss the rest of the season with a three match ban for violent behavior.
So, Chelsea gets the piece of happiness we needed after yesterday. Let’s not waste it. Norwich City is next, at the bridge on Tuesday.