Will Tottenham’s Roberto Soldado ever find form in the Premier League?
When Spurs first finalised the permanent signing of Roberto Soldado, for reported fee of around £26 million back in the summer of 2013, the Tottenham Hotspur hierarchy and the White Hart Lane faithful must have felt an unrivalled sense of excitement between them in regards to the recently completed deal.
Based on the striker’s form for Valencia back in Spain, the marquee Spurs front-man seemingly had all the tools necessary to score goals in the Premier League, for very few among the English footballing community would have seen fit to discredit his signing personally at the time.
Ever since first being introduced within the competitive sphere of top-flight football in this country however, Roberto Soldado has sadly represented nothing more than a distinct waste of time for Tottenham. He has proven completely ineffectual for a succession of different managers down at White Hart Lane during that time, which has undoubtedly left his employers in a somewhat vulnerable situation considering the hefty transfer fee they initially shelled out for his services.
The upcoming 2015/16 campaign therefore seems to offer the out-of-sorts Spaniard little more than a mere substitute’s role on the bench next season. Despite a certain level of interest in the player from abroad this summer, it seems Mauricio Pochettino is nonetheless keen to keep the former Valencia man among his ranks for now at least.
So, with the hectic summer transfer period once again coming to a close in the not too distant future, what ultimately lies in wait for Roberto Soldado at Tottenham?
Is it time the struggling front-man finally called an end to his turbulent spell at White Hart Lane, or will the former Spanish international ultimately prove worthy of turning the tables on his Premier League career throughout the course of next season?
At this stage in the game, the signs admittedly don’t look too promising for Soldado with all things considered. Through is frustrating lack of influence in week-to-week domestic proceedings for Spurs, clear inability to deal with the pace and physical nature of the Premier League, as well as his stupendous unreliability in the final third – the 30-year-old Spanish hit-man has seen his once lofty estimation decrease further and further among the ranks of the White Hart Lane faithful.
However, perhaps the most disappointing aspect of Roberto Soldado’s overall game in Tottenham colours has been his obvious inability to find the back of the net at a frequent enough rate. For one reason or another, failing to score enough goals has seriously damaged the striker’s reputation in the Premier League – turning his once impressive status into little more than a joke figure of the modern era.
Tottenham ultimately made a huge error in deciding to pay £26 million for their struggling centre-forward just two summers ago. His failure to do the business at White Hart Lane has not only damaged Soldado’s own individual reputation throughout the rest of Europe, but also that of his employers – who simply haven’t been as shrewd in the transfer market recently as many Spurs fans would care to admit.
So then, whilst the player himself must of course take his fair share of the blame for failing to register much of an impact in the Premier League in recent seasons, perhaps Roberto Soldado’s unceremonious plight within the English game is not exclusively of his own making.
In spending way over the odds on the Spanish front-man back in 2013, Tottenham arguably placed their latest striking sensation on a pedestal that he was never actually ready for in the first place. One great season in Spain doesn’t mean you’re destined to make it in the Premier League after all. As the many of the White Hart Lane faithful proudly boasted of the joys their new front-man would likely bring to their club not too long after his initial signing, the now 30-year-old perhaps felt a little too much pressure creep upon his shoulders.
Whilst certain other newly acquired characters within the current Spurs set-up – such as Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli – have somewhat shown their true class since first emerging in the Premier League, the likes of Erik Lamela, Paulinho and Etienne Capoue really haven’t managed to do themselves a great deal of justice at White Hart Lane either in the cold light of day.
With that in mind then, Roberto Soldado himself simply won’t be speaking proudly of his time with Spurs any time soon, yet the reasons behind his unforeseen plight in the Premier League don't quite lie entirely at his own feet.
Regardless of such a thought provoking notion though – the now 30-year-old simply has to secure a move away from Tottenham this summer if he is ever going to revive his career back among the European footballing circuit.
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