Over the last few days I have seen myself questioning AVB’s general decision making and now I’m concerned that he has impacted and/or put doubts in Soldado’s mind and form.
The striker has yet to score from open play, which couldn’t be helping his mental attitude towards games. If strikers don’t score quickly at a new club, it is an unknown amount of time before the player will score.
Soldado has got another 3 games in my opinion; he has to score from open play in our next three matches (Villa (A), Hull (H), Everton (A)) or he risks going into a drought.
He has been a very prolific goal scorer over the last two years with 30 goals last year and 27 the year before. So there is no doubt that Soldado can score, and shouldn’t be doubted.
Which brings me to AVB; I honestly don’t know why you started Defoe over Soldado, especially based on who the opposition has been, and how poor Defoe generally was in my opinion. He lacked that burst that he has against the teams in the Europa League and I believe it is because he has become predictable and playable.
Defoe hasn’t really adapted his game. Also pairing him with Eriksen was a clear miss match and turned out to be key to how little impact we had on that game. Poor performance from Tottenham and poor decision from AVB.
Hopefully for our sake you haven’t caused Soldado to doubt himself.
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