Roberto Soldado could return to former glory at Tottenham

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Since signing for Tottenham in the summer of 2013, Roberto Soldado has struggled massively for the form he showed so consistently at Spanish club Valencia.

In 146 appearances for the La Liga side, he netted 80 goals - 30 of those coming in the season before his move to White Hart Lane.

However, despite the expectation to continue this form at Tottenham - especially after the departure of prolific winger Gareth Bale to Real Madrid - Soldado scored just six Premier league goals in his first season in England, with four of those being penalties.

He also managed to score five goals in the Europa League, but they were against a fairly weak opposition.

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Early season promise

So far this season, new Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has opted to use Emmanuel Adebayor as his main striker, but Soldado has showed some early promise in the games he has played.

Goals against AEL Limassol and Championship side Nottingham Forest in the Europa League and the Capital One Cup respectively may not be the most important he scores in his career, but they could help resurrect his form for the season ahead.

A run of games for the 29-year-old is now needed and could be handed to him due to the poor form of Adebayor and the inexperience of fellow Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

Good international record

At international level, the Spaniard has done fairly well. In just 12 appearances for his country, he has netted an impressive total of seven goals.

With Spain's all-time top scorer David Villa retiring from international football, Fernando Torres off form and youngster Paco Alcacer inexperienced, Chelsea striker Diego Costa is the only reliable striker Vicente del Bosque has.

So a good run of form for Soldado and he could find himself back in the senior Spain setup.

Can Soldado fire Tottenham into the top four this season? He may have struggled in his first season in English football, but a run of games could be all he needs to become one of the best strikers in Europe again.

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