As the ever excellent @chelseayouth points out, the two 17-year-old Chelsea goal-machines, Dominic Solanke and Tammy Abraham, were born just 50 miles and 18 days apart back in the autumn of 1997. They both joined Chelsea at the under-8 level, though Solanke has edged ahead in the decade since to ply his trade generally a level ahead of Abraham. So while tall and lanky Tammy has dominated the U18 level this season, the more technical Solanke has made most of his appearances at U21 and U19 levels, while also making his Chelsea first-team debut.
Abraham is the more physically imposing of the two, but if he develops a technical skill-set to match, he will be a true force of nature for many years to come. Meanwhile, Solanke (no slouch in terms of size and speed either) just has that ultimate knack for scoring goals and so far, not many have been able to stop him from doing so. Both are clearly ready for the next step in their development.
So while we contemplate just what the most appropriate next step may be for either player, let's marvel in their 82 combined goals (41 each) this past season. Both have fallen just short of matching Neil Shipperley's 42 goals for the youth team in 1992. That may or may not be the actual record though; records are pretty hazy from days further gone by than that. Shipperley of course never quite managed to establish himself at Chelsea and was sold off to Southampton in January of '95 after 48 appearances (35 starts) and just 9 goals.
Dominic Solanke EVERY GOAL 2014-15 from ChelseaYouth on Vimeo.
Tammy Abraham EVERY GOAL 2014-15 from ChelseaYouth on Vimeo.
Much credit and appreciation to @chelseayouth for the videos and coverage of the exploits of these two (and the rest of the Chelsea youth). Be sure to give him a follow, if you're into the whole Twitter thing.