Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke says he’s raring to go for the new Premier League season after securing the number nine shirt. Solanke signed for the Cherries permanently in January from Liverpool and first wore the number 29 shirt for Eddie Howe’s side.
He has now taken over the vacant number nine shirt for the upcoming campaign, though, and the 21-year-old is delighted with the development. “Having been a striker all my life, my favourite number is the number nine,” he said on the club’s website.
“Growing up, watching great players like R9 (Ronaldo), Ibrahimovic and Benzema to name a few, you always saw top players in that number so I’m delighted to get it.” After getting a full pre-season under his belt with Bournemouth, Solanke says he is ready to hit the ground running when Howe’s side kick off their new season with a home game against Sheffield United on August 10.
He added: “I’m really looking forward to the start of the season, I arrived midway through last season so it’s a fresh start for myself and everyone else in the squad. “With the new number, hopefully I can score goals and make an impact, we’re looking forward to that first game.”
Solanke has so far made 10 appearances for the Cherries as injuries affected him following his move from Anfield to begin with and he will hope to open his account soon in the new season having failed to find the back of the net for the club.