Tottenham are already making plans to offload Roberto Soldado in the summer, according to reports.

Despite his mammoth £26million price tag, the Spaniard has failed spectacularly at White Hart Lane since his arrival from Valencia in August. He may be the first man in a Lilywhites shirt in five years who can actually take penalties, but another poor show against Norwich, combined with a horrendous miss against Dnipro in the Europa League on Thursday, has only added to the mounting pressure on the misfiring hit man.

Without Adebayor, Spurs’ front line looked clueless against the Ukrainian outfit, managed by Juande Ramos (on the topic of Spurs failures). Soldado has been linked with a move back to Spain after suffering from the same plight as both Diego Forlan and the Spanish Armada – failing to settle in England. Admittedly, the differences in English and Spanish football are flagrant, and he has also been forced to contend with personal issues, but that won't matter much to the powers that be.

Chairman Daniel Levy, however – never one to put success on the field before profit – may be reluctant to part company and admit what will have been an undeniably expensive mistake.

Until that happens though, Soldado seems to have been consigned the role of carrying the torch for the draining and unrewarding Europa League campaign. Five of Spurs’ seven league losses this season have come directly after Europa League games, and with a squad looking increasingly incapable of going all the way in the competition, Soldado can provide valuable respite for an overworked Adebayor.

After all, his most impressive game in a Spurs shirt (against little competition) came with a hat trick in the 4-1 victory over Anzhi. The White Hart Lane faithful hoped that would be the turning point, but he has since reverted to old, less clinical ways.

Bafflingly, Jermain Defoe was persistently overlooked by Tim Sherwood and predecessor Andre Villas-Boas and is now on his way to Toronto FC, leaving the club almost entirely reliant on Adebayor, with occasional back-up from Soldado and the promising, but as yet, unproven starlet Harry Kane.

AVB adopted a similar approach of one-up-front, but placed far more faith in Soldado, who had bagged 80 goals in 146 games at Valencia, and refused to bring in Adebayor from the cold when asked to do so by the board.

That dangerous tactic has now been reversed, but it will prove absolutely crucial that Spurs seek to bring in a striker in the summer, regardless of whether Soldado leaves or stays. Equally strange is the fact that the club did not act in January when the severity of the situation was already plain for all to see.

It is not unfair to say that, despite having an alleged transfer magician on board by the name of Franco Baldini, a large proportion of the £86million the club received for Gareth Bale has been squandered.

Levy was lambasted last season for not splashing out on a striker in January, and unsurprisingly (if not consequently), his side then missed out on Champions League football. The summer, of course, saw the arrival of Soldado, for a fee that would buy you almost a third of a Gareth Bale, but while the move smashed Tottenham’s transfer record, fans have had to endure the torture of seeing bargain deals all around them that have produced masses of goals.

Humble Hull City have set an example for all with their shrewd buys in January, and are thriving with a partnership of Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long. Spurs, meanwhile, are failing to score against Norwich and Dnipo.

Soldado may yet find his feet in England, but regardless, Sherwood must begin thinking of options for next season, in the interest of all parties.

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