The Great Soldado

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

There are few players I’ve genuinely wanted to succeed as much Roberto Soldado; maybe its because I perceive him as quiet but seriously good guy, and on this note; nothing would please me more than him banging in 30 next season and thus prove every single doubter wrong. Will it happen? I’m not sure but what we saw on Sunday against Southampton, was something we’d not seen since early in the season; a man attacking ball and defender determinedly and with an element of class as well as aggression.

There’s no doubting Soldado’s record in Spain; 29 goals in 60 appearance at mid-table Getafé is about as good as it gets and earned him a move to European regulars Valencia. At the Mestalla club he netted 59 times in 101 appearances (league only); quite superb. He brings with him a certain continental flair and technique, his first touch and flicks are exquisite as were displayed in setting up Chadli and Eriksen chances on Sunday. However, for the first time in a long time on Sunday he gave us a presence physically as well; yes it wasn’t a presence matching that of Adebayor but nonetheless a player challenging for the ball and using his body is better than what we were getting from Soldado before. He seemed fired up, ready for action and prepared to get hurt, he pressured the ball tirelessly and although he personally did not get the rewards, he was instrumental in the our second goal in the game and build up play overall. A polar opposite to Thursday night in Lisbon, where frankly he was terrible. On Sunday he mixed up his play, coming short towards the ball, collecting and inter-changing but also ran the channels well and was prepared to do the dirty work up top too. It is this we need to see more, especially if he’s not scoring; we need a variety of options with which we can play him the ball. If he can continue to do this, whilst working himself into more goal scoring positions he will be a very good acquisition and I hope we persist in the time we have to the end of the season; a season in which it seems most hope is lost.

However, strikers will be judged on goals and Sunday was Soldado’s first Premier League appearance since breaking his drought against Cardiff at the Lane, a goal which was met with relief and finished beautifully. The celebration of Roberto himself portrayed a man who had been feeling the pressure that comes with a £26mil price tag. Hopefully now the shackles have been released and Roberto Soldado can truly begin to show his value; a few more goals as this campaign comes to an end will see his confidence reach a good starting point for next season (should he still be at the club).

As such the remainder of the season should be used as something of a rebuilding job for Soldado both physically but more importantly, mentally. He undoubtedly has the quality to score in bundles and should he keep playing as he did on Sunday against Southampton the goals certainly will come. But that’s the issue; consistency. If it doesn’t go Roberto’s way for another few games, will we find ourselves back at square one with him; out of form and low on confidence? Only time will tell. However as we know, especially in the business of football, time is a thief….

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  1. Since scoring against Chelsea Soldado has spent almost no time on the pitch with Eriksen. They are the best combination we have and we need them both on the pitch at the same time.

  2. I thought when we signed him that he was a really good player . Really impressed with him last Sunday at the Lane and wonder why it has taken this long to show his true potential . Hope Spurs keep him and if we do manage to sign Lakaku in the summer i am sure that he would form a fantastic partnership. Everyone show a little faith in him as you can see that he is frustrated with his game at times

  3. Great is taking it too far. Hes had a good game after countless sh*te ones. Hopefully we get most of our money back in the summer and we can sign someone like Lukaku, Bony, Benteke .

  4. i feel sure he will be a star next season with a new manager who can get us to play as a team instead of dim sum s headless chicken tactics he will shine as will the other signings (hopefully chadli will be gone as he is not spurs class) eriksen is our shining star and to do that under the current set shows what a great buy he is , COYS

  5. Sorry, lots of effort in one game against 'nice defenders' again no goal(s). Nice guy and it would be great if he comes good, but I'd rather he was complete p##### like Suarez and got 30+ goals a season.

  6. If we are patient this is a top player, Intelligent, great awareness of other players, just having no luck at all so as said please be patient he will come good

  7. Lukaku , that must be a joke , soldado is in a class of his own , hold up play and distribution was excellent , whts even more encouraging was that he taking his shoots in the 18 ‘ he is ownly going to get better , we have the perfect squad just poorly rotated , with rumour going that dortmaun looking to sign vlad chriches how sad is that , we shud sell lennon , and get a quality left back and get a mngr that at least has a clue

  8. Soldado has to be given a second season. He seems a really likeable guy and a solid professional. It would be awful to sell him on and see him banging in goals for someone else. Give him a chance.


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