Manor Solomon is close to joining Spurs

Speculation suggests that Manor Solomon’s arrival at Tottenham Hotspur could be imminent

Israeli / Fulham Forward Manor Solomon looks highly likely to become Ange Postecoglu’s latest signing since he was appointed Head Coach of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in June 2023. Should the signing of the Israel international be confirmed, he would follow Dejan Kulusevski, Guglielmo Vicari and James Maddison in making a permanent move to North London.

Solomon was on loan at Fulham from the Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk last season, and now that his Shakhtar contract has expired, he can join the Lilywhites on a free transfer. Throughout the 2022/23 season, Solomon was part of a Fulham team that was a surprise package, finishing in 10th place.

In 2007, Solomon joined Hapoel Kfar Saba in his native Israel before signing a professional contract with Maccabi Petah Tikva in 2016. Aged 17, the forward made his senior debut as a second-half substitute in an Israeli Premier League match against Hapoel Haifa in November 2016.

In the 2016/17 season, Solomon made 26 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals and getting two assists. It was a fourth-place finish for Maccabi Petah Tikva, accumulating 56 points.

His reputation was on the rise, and in the following season (2017/18), he amassed four goals and four assists in his 33 appearances for Maccabi Petah Tikva, helping his club to a 7th-place finish with 33 points after 26 matches.

In September 2018, Manor Solomon was called up to Israel’s Senior Team for the first time, making his debut in a 1-0 UEFA Nations League defeat against Albania aged 19.

With his promise and the rise in his reputation across the continent, Solomon was named in UEFA.com’s ‘Ones to Watch’ for the 2018/19 season. Throughout this campaign, he made 13 appearances for Maccabi Petah Tikva before being signed by Shakhtar Donetsk, one of Ukraine’s biggest clubs, in January 2019.

The remainder of that season saw Solomon make 16 appearances for the Hirnyky (Miners) in all competitions, contributing three goals and an assist as Shakhtar went on to win the Ukrainian Premier League title, amassing 57 points from 22 matches. Shakhtar also won the Ukrainian Cup that season, beating FC Inhulets Petrove 4-0, with Solomon scoring one of the goals in the final.

Solomon made history in the Champions League that season, becoming the youngest Israeli player to score when he found the back of the net in a stoppage-time winner in a 3-2 victory against Atalanta. He also scored the equalising goal in a 1-1 draw against Manchester City.

2019/20 saw Shakhtar Donetsk win the Ukrainian Premier League title again after accumulating 59 points. There was a gap of 14 points between the league leaders and Dynamo Kyiv, who had to settle for second place. Solomon was an even more regular member of the starting eleven this term, making 28 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals whilst providing five assists to boot.

Whilst Shakhtar did fall to second place in the Ukrainian Premier League by the conclusion of the 2020/21 season, Solomon still contributed an impressive nine goals and one assist in his 23 appearances in the top flight. In October 2020, Solomon scored the winner in Shakhtar’s 3-2 Champions League away win against Real Madrid before finding the back of the net in his team’s 2-0 home victory against Los Blancos.

The war in the country disrupted the 2021/22 season, and the Ukrainian Premier League season ended in April 2022, with no one being declared as the league champions. Before the season’s cancellation, Solomon scored four goals in 16 games, adding one assist to boot.

Fulham then signed Manor Solomon on a season-long loan from Shakhtar Donetsk as they looked to avoid an immediate return to the Championship. The Israel international was one of the Cottagers’ key players last term (2022/23), scoring five goals in his 24 appearances in all competitions as Marco Silva’s side finished 10th in the Premier League table.

With Solomon looking set to move to North London, this would be an exciting signing for Spurs, with the forward coming off the back of an impressive season with Fulham, and at the age of 23, he has a lot of potential to become an even better player.

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