He’s scored 2 goals in the Premier League since his £26m arrival from Valencia and both were from the penalty spot, he did score a couple of goals in our Europa qualifier but is now suffering a drought.
One or two Spurs fans are questioning Soldado and whether he merits his place in the starting XI especially when Defoe can’t stop scoring. I have to admit though it’s mainly rival fans that are not convinced on Soldado.
From the start of my blog you might have thought that by the tone that I wasn’t a fan of Soldado but that’s not the case. In fact I have been impressed with the guy, his movement is excellent and he played well against Cardiff he just happened to come up against a keeper who played out of his skin on that day. In the box he does look dangerous but would benefit from more service at times.
If Defoe was playing against Chelsea then we don’t take the lead because Defoe would never have laid that ball off for Sig to get on the end of it, he would have looked to have turned and shoot.
Now we have Eriksen and Lamela in the team I do think Soldado will start getting some more chances. Townsend on the right has caused a problem as he is trying to hard to impress and instead of putting the ball in the box for the striker he tends to cut inside and blaze a shot over the bar, it could be because he wants to impress and keep his place or it could be because he feels uncomfortable crossing with his weaker foot.
So in conclusion, the goals will come for Soldado in due course, he’s a team player, if he spots someone in a better shooting position he will pass the ball. His movement is very good off the ball and it’s only a matter of time before Holtby, Lamela and Eriksen start putting it on a plate for this guy. Defoe has scored a few this season but Defoe has been up against poor opposition so I think AVB is correct to stick with Soldado at the moment, however I do believe there are some games where we’d benefit from playing two strikers.
For anyone else doubting, give him his settling in period, this guy knows how to find the back of the net, the goals will start coming in abundance soon enough. Soldado is the real deal.Follow @TrfficTottenham