Roberto Soldado has not had a very good start to life in the Premier League.
With only five goals in England’s top flight this season, and with his rather drab form aiding in Andre Villas-Boas being sacked from his post in December, many may think it is time for the former Valencia man to play his football elsewhere and for Tottenham to cut their losses on their Spanish forward.
Since Tim Sherwood has taken charge of first team affairs, Soldado has been dropped behind Emmanuel Adebayor in the front line pecking order, who after being frozen out by Villas-Boas has hit back with eight goals since his return to the first team.
Along with this, every chance Soldado has had to impress- he hasn’t. He has wasted glorious opportunities.
Against FC Dnipro in the Europa League, when it looked easier to score, he missed, and after coming on as a substitute against Norwich on Sunday, he failed to hit the target again, slicing a shot past the post.
Granted, it is not just him as a few of Tottenham’s summer signings have failed to step up to the plate and replace the goals of Gareth Bale, but Soldado is the most notable failure thus far, in regards to the Spurs management team’s faith placed in his hands to come up with the goods.
He started of the season well, scoring a penalty in a 1-0 away victory against Crystal Palace in the first game of the season and repeated the feat the following week at home to Swansea, with Spurs again winning by the same score line. Since then however, Soldado and Spurs haven’t really been at their best.
Maybe I am being harsh as under Sherwood things are a lot better than they were at Christmas.
They are fifth in the league, and Sunday marked the first time they hadn’t scored under Sherwood in the league. Also, they did take four points off of champions Manchester United this season (beating them away for the second year in a row) so maybe we should cut them some slack?
It might be near on impossible to cut Soldado some slack though, with the goals drying up, and him not appearing to be able to shift Emmanuel Adebayor out of the Tottenham team, Soldado has struggled to make an impact in his first season in English football.
Now with apparent interest from teams in his native country, maybe it is time for Roberto to say adiós to The Premier League and retreat back to La Liga.