Congratulations for Soldado [Photo: Alan Hill]

2013-14 Review (5) Most Disappointing Tottenham Player


The results of HotspurHQ’s recent survey, reviewing the 2013-14 season, have provided us with your thoughts on the  most disappointing Tottenham player.

The ten questions in HotspurHQ’s Tottenham end of season survey 2013-14 enabled you to give your views on a number of issues concerning the players, the team and the managers.

Q. 3: Who was the Most Disappointing Tottenham Player

In a season of many disappointments when there were many candidates to choose from, the unfortunate player to be identified as the  most disappointing Tottenham player in 2013-14 was Roberto Soldado with 46% of the votes cast.

Roberto Soldado

Soldado header goes past

Soldado header goes past

Roberto Soldado arrived at White Hart Lane for a fee 0f £26m with a high reputation as a consistent goalscorer for Valencia in La Liga. He had been a member of the Spain team in the Confederations Cup in Brazil and in xx internationals had scored xx goals. In the previous five seasons in Spain he had scored 114 goals, averaging 22 goals per season.

On arrival at Tottenham he was confident of maintaining his high standards with regards scoring and set himself his customary target of 20 goals for the season, a total he had always managed to beat in each of the previous five seasons. He scored on his debut against Crystal Palace from the penalty spot and scored twice in the Europa League against Dinamo Tbilisi. He added another penalty as Spurs won against Swansea but as Andre Villas-Boas’ safety first approach took hold, the Spurs team lacked creativity and an isolated Soldado struggled, rarely receiving a pass in the penalty area. His first league goal from open play came at Villa Park in October but with limited opportunities he lost both his confidence and his goalscoring touch, although he did score a Europa League hat-trick.

The change of manager brought support for Soldado as Tim Sherwood reintroduced Emmanuel Adebayor into the team. Soldado turned provider, linking and creating the equalising goal for his strike partner in their first league game together at Southampton. In the second half Soldado should have had a hat-trick in a matter of minutes but contrived to miss all three clear chances created for him. After a brief period with two strikers, SAherwood reverted to a lone striker with Adebayor as the main man and when.late in the season he opted to play two strikers, Sherwood selected Harry Kane in preference to Soldado.

It was a very disappointing season for Soldado but most supporters are prepared to give him another chance to prove his worth but that will depend on the view taken by Mauricio Pochettino in the coming weeks.

A total of 15 players were included by fans in this category. Behind Soldado came:

Danny Rose (13%) – he hasn’t been the solution to the problem left back position.

Jan Vertonghen (12%) – a very poor season from Vertonghen after playing so well in his debut year at Spurs.

Erik Lamela (11%) – injury and lack of opportunity meant Lamela had little chance to prove he was worth the £30m transfer fee Spurs paid for him.

Aaron Lennon (7%) – a poor season for Lennon who only scored one goal and lacked the creativity seen in previous years.

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  • Affa Chan

    Rose is the biggest disappointment for me, although I think Naughton is just as bad as well, but he hasn’t cried for being benched openly. Rose on the other hand has put out this image that he is ready to take the first spot but his ability shows otherwise. If he is not happy to sit on the bench then he needs to be shipped cos he is NOT the answer of our left back position. I still say Benny is better than all of our left backs with Zeki showing potential the best of all. Lamela has great qualities and I am pretty sure he will start to perform this season, he is young, we have his country man as a manager and he is starting to get fit from his long injury. Soldado was really unfortunate to had come to a club and in a league that is different than what he is used to. To be fair we have not been providing good quality ball to him, our movement on attack was just sub par to say the least. In time Soldado has lost his confident and we saw his struggle throughout the season, he actually played really well at midfield leading the the attack on instead of waiting at the box. But for the a 29 years old it might be a bit tight in time for him to adjust and found himself in the EPL. It would be foolish to loan him out at his age and I would rather keep him for cups and possibly give him 15 starts on the EPL and see.

    • Logan Holmes

      Rose has a high opinion of his own ability but has a poor attitude and hasn’t performed as we would have hoped. I thought Naughton didn’t do too badly in place of Walker – it’s the first time he’s had a chance to play regularly at right back.

      The service Soldado received at the start of the season was terrible and AVB persisted in playing him as the lone striker which did him no favours. I think we need to keep them both and give them the chance to prove themselves.

      • Affa Chan

        Hi Logan, I don’t think we have time to grown Rose any further, he is not good enough and he cries when not playing. We have both Naughton and Zeki to cover his spot, both are better than Rose, although none of them are the answer for our LB.