It may be a result of Soldado having just joined the club - although that seems unlikely - but the former Getafe and Valencia front man is a lot less selfish in his play than Defoe.
Even short term Spurs watchers know that Defoe is all about goals and if he has half a sniff he will have a strike, no matter how better placed his team mates are.
That can build up frustration amongst his colleagues, which eventually leads them to stop making runs as they doubt Defoe will look to play them in. Soldado plays a much simpler game – he does not like to take too many touches, he does not really want to run with the ball, and he would much rather give it and go, ultimately ending up in the penalty area where he can apply the finishing touch.
This has its downside, naturally. You will not see Soldado score a goal like Defoe against West Ham last season, when he won the ball on the right touchline, shrugged off a defender and ran at the opposition, before crashing in a shot from the edge of the area just inside the near post.
The upside is that Soldado is a lot more efficient with the ball, he gives it to better runners and passers like Andros Townsend and Eriksen, and he is in the penalty box a whole lot more. When Tottenham become more fluid in their attacking play Soldado will be in the goals, however when Spurs struggle Defoe can offer them something unexpected.
In conclusion, Soldado offers a more reliable, more rounded front man, and for someone who has been a Defoe supporter throughout his time at White Hart Lane that is not easy to say. It is unlikely that they will spend much time on the pitch together, and whether it be due to Adebayor or another big, physical striker, Defoe looks set to slide down the pecking order further.
The Englishman has proved he is an effective reserve for the cups, but it is not surprise that he is second to a Spaniard.
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