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Roberto Soldado: The striker Tottenham have always needed

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Eyebrows were raised when it was revealed that Daniel Levy had splashed out a reported £26 million to bring Spanish striker Roberto Soldado to the club.

This wasn't over the quality of the player Spurs were getting, as in manager Andre Villas-Boas' words Soldado is an 'out-and-out striker', something Spurs have been crying out for in the last few years.

More alarmingly it was the figure paid to Valencia for Soldado, who netted an impressive 30 goals in all competitions for the La Liga side last season, and the fact Levy handed the 28-year-old a four-year deal.

Daniel Levy is known as a very hard-lined businessman who fights for every penny he can get out of every deal, the recent speculation linking Gareth Bale with Real Madrid is just one example of this.

Levy must be applauded for the nature in which the deal was concluded with Soldado, ensuring no other clubs could come in for him, but was the money he paid for the Spanish international value for money and will he prove to be a success at White Hart Lane?

From what I saw in yesterday's game against Crystal Palace, albeit against relegation candidates, Soldado showed early signs that he could prove to be the difference in Spurs finishing in the top-four come the end of the season.

The fact all 24 goals he scored for Valencia in the league last season were in the box underlines the fact Spurs now have a proven goal-poacher at the club, which can only be good news for them.

I believe he will net between 20 and 25 goals for the North London side this season, if he is given regular service throughout the season.

The signings of Paulinho and Etienne Capoue, along with Spurs' already vast options in midfield, should give them the creative edge and provide Soldado with the service to ensure he has a successful first season in England.

So despite the hefty price tag resting on Soldado's shoulders, I believe he will be a big hit at the Lane and prove to be of the signings of the season.

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