Roberto Soldado has scored 4 Premier League goals for Tottenham this season, three of them from penalties. He has struggled to rediscover the form which made him such a success in Spain but has suffered from a lack of service from the players around him as he played in the lone striker role.
Against Southampton, he had his first game in the 4-4-2 formation preferred by Tim Sherwood where he had Emmanuel Adebayor as his strike partner. The new partnership had early success when they linked for Adebayor’s first goal. The Togolese striker carried the ball from inside his own half and played a pass to Soldado, wide on the left. Soldado managed to keep the ball in and from a position on the touchline played a deep cross to the far post where Adebayor got between two defenders to hook the equalising goal into the net.
3 London Buses
In the second half it was like waiting for a London bus for Soldado. He had waited all season and three came at once – not buses but good goalscoring opportunities. So poorly has the service been to Soldado this season that there have been many games where there wasn’t a single opportunity created for him. At Southampton with Spurs 3 – 2 ahead, he had the chance to secure an emphatic Tottenham win.
- In the 65th minute, Adebayor headed a long ball on to play Soldado in on goal but his shot across goal went wide.
- Two minutes later, in front of goal, he met a great cross from Nacer Chadli but his shot hit the ground and bounced over the bar.
- On 69 minutes, played in by Adebayor, Soldado’s shot hit the side netting.
A ‘hat-trick’ in 4 minutes, that would have made headlines for Soldado and Tim Sherwood.
Soldado has an impressive record in Spain with Getafe and Valencia. If he continues to receive the service given to him at Southampton he will soon rediscover the goal scoring form which encouraged Spurs to spent £26m to sign him last summer. As reported in the Metro, Tim Sherwood was understanding of Soldado’s situation saying,
Roberto Soldado only needs a goal to restore confidence and prove he is worth every penny of the £26million paid to Valencia for his services in the summer.