When Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy wiped the dust off his check book and signed on the dotted line for Roberto Soldado it excited many Spurs fans, but he certainly has not lived up to expectations so far this season.

The well-known Spanish international signed from Valencia for a record fee of £26 million on the back of scoring 80 goals in his three years at the Spanish club.

Soldado was not only a goalscorer, he was a proven scorer who consistently found the net for his side, something which Spurs would be missing after the sale of Gareth Bale.

So it was all good for both parties, with Soldado moving to pastures new, whilst Spurs' striking problems were somewhat fixed.

Although things haven't gone to plan for either party, and Soldado's efforts simply haven't been enough, the striker has scored just once from open play.

But why? If he scored so many goals in his time at Spain, why can't he at Spurs?

Well it is plainly obvious and here is the answer to all of Spurs' troubles, well that is the striker troubles.

Soldado scored 30 goals last season for Valencia, a mighty 24 from open play, however their tactics were a whole lot different to those of Tottenham's.

Tottenham have pacey wingers, who like to cut-in and take a wild shot, such as Andros Townsend or Aaron Lennon. However they seem inept when providing the killer pass to the Spurs hit man.

Any striker would say that they cannot be playing with their back to goal, and that is exactly what Soldado is being forced to do at this moment as he looks for the killer pass, which most likely is not going to come.

The 26-year-old touched the ball just once inside the box throughout the 90 minutes during Sunday's match against Everton.

The service to Soldado has been extremely poor since he joined the club, and there was no point in paying all that money just for him to be a spectator rather than playing a valid part in the game.

If the midfield of Tottenham continues to neglect  the ability of their new star-striker then a disgruntled player may quickly be on his way out of north London.

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