Spurs star has Suarez and Van Persie potential, says Mata

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Juan Mata has welcomed his compatriot Roberto Soldado to the Premier League and his hopeful the Tottenham striker can establish himself alongside the likes of Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie as one of the division's best strikers.

Soldado joined Spurs in a club record £26 million deal when he signed from Valencia during the summer transfer window, before this fee was surpassed with the acquisition of Roma's Erik Lamela.

The Spain international arrived at White Hart Lane having scored at least 25 goals in each of his three seasons with Valencia, and has already found the net on four occasions in his four appearances for Spurs.

This goalscoring prowess surely marks Soldado out as a potential contender to claim the Premier League's golden boot this season - an award that has been won by Van Persie in each of the last two campaigns.

Although Mata would be drawn into comparisons between Soldado and the league's most prominent players, the Chelsea midfielder did not reject the assertion that his former Valencia teammate is comparable to Van Persie and Suarez.

"Let's see," the Stamford Bridge star told Sky Sports.

"I really enjoyed it when I played with him for Valencia and with the national team.

"I think that he is doing really well. Last season, he scored a lot of goals, and this season, he has started very well. He's very good."

Mata will have the opportunity to face his international teammate in England for the first time when Spurs host Chelsea in the Premier League on September 28.

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