Roberto Soldado had a difficult first season at Tottenham and his loss of the goalscoring instinct which had served him so well when playing in La Liga has created uncertainty over his future at Spurs.
Roberto Soldado was signed last summer as part of Tottenham’s great revamp in preparation for the departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. Costing, a then, record Tottenham fee of £26m, Soldado had scored over 100 goals in the previous five seasons in Spain with Getafe and Valencia. He had been in Brazil with the Spain national team and set himself a target of 20 goals on his first season at White Hart Lane. Before the season kick-off, Soldado said in an interview reported by the Daily Mail,
I have tried to score 20 goals a season and every time I have done it.
Unfortunately for Tottenham, Soldado never looked like reaching that target and ended his season with 11 goals, 5 of which came from penalties. Of his goals in the Premier League only 2 were from open play – against Aston Villa and Cardiff City. With the team taking time to adjust to life without Bale and Andre Villas-Boas’ safety first-style of football, few chances were created for Soldado and without goals the goalscorer lost confidence and when an opportunity did arise his goalscoring touch had deserted him.
AVB persisted with Soldado but such loyalty was wasted when the striker was getting little service. Injury and fewer opportunities under Tim Sherwood hindered Soldado in the second half of a season which saw him end as third choice striker with Harry Kane preferred for the final 6 matches, scoring 3 goals.
It Gets Worse for Soldado
This week, two further news stories raise further questions about Soldado’s future prospects at Tottenham:
- Having lost his form, Soldado’s chances of being included in the Spain World Cup squad evaporated early in the season. To make matters worse for Soldado, a recent survey by CIES Football Observatory provides uncomfortable reading for Soldado as it included him in the 10 Most Overvalued Players in Europe. His value according to CIES is now £14m. The only consolation for Soldado is that Gareth Bale and Erk Lamela are placed 1st and 4th in the report.
- This week a transfer related article, included Soldado in a proposed Tottenham deal for Sevilla left back, Alberto Moreno. Tottenham were reported by the Daily Mail, to have made a player plus fee offer with Soldado possibly moving on loan to the Spanish club.
With the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager, Soldado may have been hoping for a fresh start, a second chance at White Hart Lane next season but with the striker having been included as part of that deal, it may indicate that Soldado doesn’t figure in Pochettino’s plans for Spurs.
The suggestion of a loan transfer to Spain may be an attempt by Tottenham to increase the value of their striker, hoping that he will rediscover his goalscoring touch in Spain to increase his transfer value in a future transfer window.
Whatever way you look at it, Roberto Soldado’s future at Tottenham looks bleak.