Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado has been lined up for an exit, with Inter Milan reportedly interested. Spurs are prepared to take a hit to offload the striker after an unproductive first season. Despite Soldado struggling in his first season in English football, Spurs must keep faith in the striker who has yet to show his best form.
Spurs signed Soldado from Valencia last summer in a deal worth £26m and has yet to justify his price tag. He has only scored 11 goals and provided five assists in his first season at the club and has fallen down the pecking order.
During Andre Villas-Boas' reign in the first half of last season, Soldado was often isolated during the attack and AVB was playing inverted wingers such as Nacer Chadli, who tended to cut inside. Thus, Soldado was starved of service, especially from wide areas
In the second half of the season, during Tim Sherwood's time in charge, Soldado was paired with Emmanuel Adebayor and the Spanish striker was less isolated. Also Christian Eriksen played behind the Spanish front man. In certain games the Danish playmaker seemed to have an understanding with him. The two combined well in games against the likes of Norwich City and Crystal Palace. Unfortunately, Eriksen was moved to the left wing thereafter, starving Soldado of any creativity behind him.
However, after scoring his first goal for Tottenham in 2014 against Cardiff City, which was only his second Premier League goal scored from open play all season, Sherwood surprisingly dropped the striker for youngster Harry Kane and his confidence dropped.
Soldado is clearly a world class poacher. This is shown by his time at Valencia where he notched 81 goals in 141 appearances, nearly all goals where scored from inside the box. At Valencia he had support from Ever Banega or Jonas playing behind him and wingers such as Pablo Piatti supplying him consistently with crosses and through balls.
Soldado will be more used to English football next year and if Spurs can consistently play the striker with the likes of Eriksen and encourage the wingers to whip in more crosses then the Spanish striker can repay the faith shown to him by the new Spurs manager, whoever that may be.
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