Valencia striker Roberto Soldado is one of the several strikers being linked with a move to English Premier League. 

Champions League hopefuls Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are believed to be chasing the Spaniard's signature to plug the holes marring their team. 

Valencia's failure to win a place in next season's Champions League might have opened the door, for the exit of their star man. 

Tottenham Hotspur, who also missed out a spot in Champions League are seriously interested in landing the Spaniard and are believed to be leading the race.

Soldado, who came through the ranks of Real Madrid earlier in his career, failed to do hold down a regular spot at Santiago Bernabeu set up before moving to Getafe. 

His three year stint at the club helped him to earn a move to Valencia in 2010. 

It was at Valencia the striker impressed his pundits and critics alike with goals. Soldado has netted 81 goals in 141 matches for Mestalla side. 

It opened the way to Spanish national side where the 28-year-old scored six goals in 11 appearances. 

Valencia were in deep financial trouble during this period, which forced them to sell their prized assets David Villa, David Silva and Juan Mata. 

Even the departure of key players couldn't slow down Soldado, as he netted 24 goals and registered four assists in La Liga last season.

Soldado can be best described as a fox-in-the-box. He has scored all his 24 goals from inside the penalty box. 

He is primarily a right-footed striker, and 19 of his goals were scored with his favourite foot. He scored four headers with the remaining goal being the lone outcome from his left. 

In La Liga he is a prolific scorer, only behind four players, the untouchable duo of Lionel Messi and Crisitano Ronaldo, along with Radamel Falcao and Alvaro Negredo.

If we take a closer look, there are many limitations to Soldado's style of play, which might reduce his impact in the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur already have a poacher in the form of Jermain Defoe in their ranks. Their immediate requirement is an all-round striker or a target man; a role which Emmanuel Adebayor failed to do justice to last season. 

Soldado is neither an all-round striker nor a target man, so this signing doesn't necessarily solve their problems.

With the physical nature of Premier League, his weakness in aerial battles might not allow him to meet the crosses delivered by Aaron Lennon, Gareth Bale or Kyle Walker. His preference for using his right-foot may spoil the good chances that come in his left.

Tottenham's lack of goals was a major concern last season, and Soldado's prolific record might be delusional to some at least. But having a one dimensional striker, a fox-in-the-box, leading the team upfront isn't an ideal solution unless the team think tank builds the team around his strengths.


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