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Is Roberto Soldado the striker to solve Tottenham's goal worries?

Soldado netted on his Premier League for Spurs (©GettyImages)
Soldado netted on his Premier League for Spurs (©GettyImages).

Tottenham Hotspur broke their transfer record for the second time this season to lure Roberto Soldado from Valencia.

It was a statement of intent to solve their striking woes which hindered their progress into Champions League in past two seasons.

Soldado started the season in an impressive manner by getting on the scoresheet against Crystal Palace in Tottenham's Premier League opener.

Even though it was from the penalty spot, it proved to be the difference in the match, being the solitary goal. 

There were many occasions in the past when Spurs found it tough to get on the score sheet even after playing impressively.

Even though Gareth Bale had bailed them out on some occasions, the lack of quality upfront was hindering their progress to the top.

They had gathered almost all other ingredients but the inconsistent displays from Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor halted their progress.

Both the strikers were disappointing in large parts of last season and couldn't get the best out of the numerous chances created by Spurs.

Hence it was no wonder that Daniel Levy and co. were willing to break the bank for a new striker.

In stepped Spanish striker Roberto Soldado, who was even termed as a one-trick pony, despite being a consistent 20 plus goalscorer in La Liga.

The media had its doubts but the Tottenham think tank hadn't. After the first game of the season the fans will be excited about their new signing and what he brings to the table.

He is a striker who scores majority of his goals with his lethal right foot being pre-dominantly right footed.

But he scores a lot of them and is in direct competition for Spanish No.9 shirt showing his importance and worth as a striker. He is a striker with a good conversion rate and has just entered his peak footballing years.

Soldado has shown his all-round technical skills against Crystal Palace on Sunday. That display highlighted his first touch, close control and ability to effortlessly link with his team mates.

His link-up play in particular with Gylfi Sigurdsson was a stand out feature in Spurs attacks, be it the pre-season friendly against Espanyol or the real outing against Palace. 

Soldado's technical abilities are also impeccable. His vision and creativity are ideal in a free flowing attacking side like Tottenham Hotspur.

He might be short in stature, but his willingness to meet the crosses can be the difference maker in tight matches. His determination is something can help to grind out results out of nothing and will be a welcome addition to any team.

In first few matches, players takes time to settle, and to adjust to the new team mates and surroundings. Despite that Soldado impressed at Selhurst Park and registered his first goal for the club.

He is targeting a 20 goal plus season at White Hart Lane. If the signs at Selhurst Park are an indicator, Tottenham's striking worries are a thing of the past!

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