Does Soldado Need To Stay At Spurs, Or Should Tottenham Cut Their Losses?
The Express reported yesterday that Atletico Madrid want to take Spurs flop Roberto Soldado off Spurs’ hands. The Spanish forward has had a torrid time at White Hart Lane after his big £26 million move from Valencia but I feel that he should be given one more season to prove himself.
Soldado has scored goal which have proved his capability. With his career mostly spent in Spanish football one wonders why can’t he find his form in The Premier League? For me this is obvious, the system Tottenham played at the start of the season did not suit him at all. Soldado works best with someone up top with him but for some reason Villas-Boas refused to help his situation. This in turn ruined Soldado’s confidence and it all went downhill from there.
Tottenham had a complete overhaul of players last season as well, it was almost like they were so desperate for Champions League football that they were just saying players based on name rather than proven quality and were paying well over the odds for them. This created inevitable instability within the team and an almost unwanted pressure on these players to perform. This pressure built up amongst the team and clearly affected them, and this pressure was plainly obvious with Soldado.
Spurs also lacked any real leadership last season. Villas-Boas was under constant pressure and was eventually sacked and when Tim Sherwood came in he was never really given the full backing of the board. He was basically filling in for 6 months and taking the flack for the Spurs Board’s mistakes. This again would only make Soldado less confident and not perform to his best capabilities.
This season is a fresh start for Spurs with new management. I’ve got a strong feeling the players who flopped last season will perform very well this forthcoming season. Soldado can only improve on his first season as it was so bad. He’s scored a few goals during pre-season and things look promising for the Spaniard at White Hart Lane. So for me Soldado has to stay and prove himself and show that he is worth the huge price tag Spurs paid.