Tottenham’s new record £26 million signing is the long awaited striker that Spurs fans have been waiting for.
With the question of Bale's future looming over the club, the signing has given reassurance that Spurs are still a big force in the transfer market and are willing to spend to get into Europe’s elite competition; the Champions League.
But, is he really good enough to push Tottenham forward?
Looking at his record with Valencia you could clearly see he is a goalscorer with 20+ goals in consecutive seasons for the La Liga side, while also being the fifth top scorer in Spain with 24 goals last season and grabbing four assists.
So the pedigree and the consistency are clearly there to see. He is a penalty box striker and guarantees goals. A Spain international who played at all youth levels, while also playing for the senior side and scoring six goals in 11 games for Spain.
With a decent record on the international stage as a reliable addition to the Spain squad, which showed in his two games at the Confederation Cup.
One was against Uruguay which he scored to make the score 2-0 as Spain went on to eventually win 2-1, that helped secure top spot in the group stages. Commonly known as the 'predator' back in the Spain, he has a very good name for himself as being a fox in the box and grabbing goals when his team needs it most.
But there are some questions that have been asked of the signing and Soldado's ability. Soldado, who has had three seasons at the Mestalla and been top scorer for the club in all three, which surprises many as to why he has not moved away sooner to have a better chance at winning more trophies.
While also asking the question why the big dogs in the country haven’t come calling for the striker; such as Real Madrid or Barcelona, with the main example of David Villa moving from Valencia to Barca as he proved himself at Valencia to force a move to a bigger club.
So this asks the question is Soldado over rated or just not good enough for a top side? Soldado has been linked with a move to the Premier league for the past 24 months now with Liverpool and future buyers Tottenham the main teams linked, but with both Premier league's sides finishing 5th and 7th respectable, is it a side way move from a Spanish club finishing 3rd most seasons and getting Champions League football? We will find out in the coming season.
So with the overlook on Soldado we can see he is a natural goal scorer and he has proved himself in Spain for the past three seasons and deserves his chance to impress at a more competitive level. Whether he proves himself in a harder more testing league and brushes off his £26 million price tag we will soon see.
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