One of the most vital positions on the football pitch is the position of the striker and, in a bid to win a top four spot in the Premier League, a naturally gifted goalscorer is required.
Tottenham thought they had that in the form of £26 million signing Roberto Soldado. Aged at 28-years-old, Soldado is in the prime of his career, but it seems he has got off to a shaky start at his new club.
Soldado has managed to score just one goal from open play this season for Spurs, and a total of four goals, with three coming from the penalty spot. His current form should be a major cause for concern for Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas.
At the best of times, Soldado looks rather uninterested and looks to be struggling to get his style of play implemented around to his teammates.
The recent 0-0 draw with Everton further demonstrated this. No other player on the pitch that lasted the full 90 minutes of the game had fewer touches of the ball than Soldado, and his two shots, both off target, do nothing for the player.
He demonstrated a complete lack of desire throughout the game, none more so in the dying embers of the 0-0 draw with Everton, when Spurs had a potentially dangerous free kick, where Soldado could be viewed somewhat 15 yards away from the action watching it all unfold. Now it does not take a genius to say that he will not score goals if he is not getting in the mix of the action.
Soldado's form must be a massive concern. Scoring just one goal from open play is poor to say the least, especially for a player of his value.
Spurs look to have the ability to push for a top four spot in the league this season despite selling starlet Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. Spurs look really solid in defence conceding just five goals this season, and amassing a total of seven clean sheets.
Their defence is solid, but scoring just nine goals this season in the league is a cause for concern. Soldado needs to step up his game. Jermain Defoe is always an option for AVB, but he too has failed to score in the Premier League, with all his goals coming in Europe or the Capital One Cup.
However Spurs are currently sitting in a top four spot and the transfer window will be opening up again in just nine weeks so surely the club will dip in the market for more attacking options. However, if Soldado's form does not improve, then the Spurs fans should worry that little bit more.
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