Tottenham Hotspur signed Roberto Soldado in August 2013 for a fee of around £26m from Valencia, one of the many signings Spurs made that summer using the ‘Bale money’ (BBC).
The 28-year-old signed on a four-year contract and looked to be the perfect clinical finisher that Spurs needed, although it didn’t quite work out that way for the Spaniard.
Despite scoring 81 goals in 141 games for Valencia, Soldado managed just 16 in 76 matches during his time in North London. In his final season at Spurs, Roberto managed just five goals in 40 games (Wikipedia).
However, Spurs were still able to find that clinical finished they needed during Soldado’s time at the club, although it came from an unlikely source, the academy.
Harry Kane burst onto the scene, quickly pushing Soldado out of the team and eventually out of the door, and has remained Tottenham’s first choice ever since.
Soldado has now given an honest interview on his time at Spurs (Daily Mail): “I don’t regret going to Tottenham. I thought I was going to fit in well with my style of play and the form I was in. But I had the boom of Harry Kane to contend with.
“I understood it perfectly because you could see immediately what a massive impact he could have on games, and he’s maintained that incredible level.
“I don’t think there is a limit to what he can do. I still don’t think we have seen the best of Harry Kane.”
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