Roberto Soldado’s poor cameo in Sunday’s game against Norwich City provided yet more evidence that Tottenham should sell him in the summer.
Barring a late season surge of goals, the Spaniard has failed to adapt to life in England since his summer move from Valencia. He has scored 10 goals this season, but just five of those have come in the Premier League.
His lacklustre form and Andre Villas-Boas’ faith in him proved a major contributing factor in the Portuguese’s sacking in December.
Since Tim Sherwood has taken the reins, Soldado has had to play second fiddle to Emmanuel Adebayor, who after being frozen out by Villas-Boas has hit back with eight goals since his return to the first team.
Against Norwich on Sunday, Soldado wasted a glorious chance to level the game, slicing an effort wide where it looked easier to score. That followed an even worse miss during the midweek defeat against FC Dnipro in the Europa League, where he blazed the ball over the crossbar from three yards with the goal at his mercy.
The miss prompted Lord Alan Sugar to vent his frustration on twitter, labelling him a ‘donkey.’
Sherwood’s decision to sell Jermaine Defoe to FC Toronto means he can rely on just Soldado and Adebayor, with youngster Harry Kane on the periphery of the picture.
A summer return to Spanish shores for Soldado looms, having failed to fill the goal scoring void left by Gareth Bale’s transfer to Real Madrid in August.
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is a reported target when the transfer window re-opens in July, yet luring him could be difficult if the north London side fail to finish in a Champions League spot.
Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford is also rumoured to be a Sherwood target.
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