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 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.