Tottenham and Andre Villas-Boas have confirmed the signing of Valencia striker Roberto Soldado for a club record fee of £26m.
Roberto Soldado signed for Valencia in 2010 from Getafe for €10m after scoring 33 goals in 66 matches for the club, an impressive return for a €4m striker who was signed from Real Madrid in 2008.
His performances domestically and in Europe for Valencia saw him feature 141 times, scoring an impressive 81 goals, a goal every 1.7 matches. This tally also includes his 59 goals domestically, an average of 19 goals every season in the league for Valencia.
If Soldado can improve on this tally in the England, he may well be a contender for the Golden Boot award very soon.
The Spaniard will be crying out for pure quality behind him, to help him score as many goals as possible whilst working in partnership with Jermaine Defoe. With the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Paulinho, Mousa Dembele, Nacer Chadli and Lewis Holtby supporting him, he is sure to have many chances handed to him on a plate.
Not to mention the quality of Aaron Lennon, Tom Huddlestone and the determination of defensive-midfielder Scott Parker, Tottenham could finish in a Champions League spot come the end of the season.
With rumours suggesting Gareth Bale will sign for Real Madrid with the next couple of weeks, Spurs need to look for a world-class replacement, and with around £100m to spend after his departure, Tottenham could surely tempt some amazing talents to White Hart Lane to add to their already-strong squad ahead of the new season, and hopefully challenge once again for fourth spot, something Arsenal fans have come to hate.
What is your opinion on the Soldado transfer?
Is the capture of Soldado going to prove more successful than Manchester City's signing of Spanish team-mate Alvaro Negredo?
Looking back over the past five seasons, Negredo has scored 104 in all competitions for Almeria and Sevilla, while Soldado scored 114 for Getafe and Valencia. Both strikers are born goal scorers, so who will come out on top in the race for Premier League goals next season?
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