Soldado Worth Those Extra Few Quid...

When you look at his stats in comparison to those of Jermain Defoe or Emmanuel Adebayor, it becomes clear that he should be worth those exttra few quid...

Last Updated: 23/07/13 at 17:50 Post Comment

Latest Articles

The Completed Summer Transfers List

4 comments

Here is a full list of summer transfers in 2015. It's sparse now but it will get busy...

Football People on TV: Paul Merson

20 comments

You can dislike the punditry, but Merse is an impossible man to loathe. 'It'd be like hating a shaggy dog that runs up to you and wants you to throw it a stick,' say the boys...

All Articles

It's fair to say that Andre Villas-Boas hasn't had it all his own way in the current transfer window, despite securing the services of Paulinho, who was believed to be the main target. Their urgency to sign the Brazilian was clear when the club broke their transfer record to bring the dynamic midfielder to north London, though that record - believed to be around £17m - could yet be smashed as Daniel Levy looks to sign the elusive striker they so desperately need.

Having already failed in bids to sign the likes of David Villa, who chose Atletico Madrid, and Christian Benteke, who remarkably completed a u-turn to sign a new deal at Villa, Spurs' options are getting a little thin on the ground. Long-time target Leandro Damiao looks set for Napoli, though in truth he hasn't developed the way that Tottenham would have hoped, and things are beginning to look bleak at White Hart Lane.

Ever ready to help, WhoScored.com take a look at the stats behind the latest striker to take Tottenham's fancy.

Step forward Valencia captain and top scorer Soldado, with rumours of a transfer running hot and cold. There is certainly a feeling that Tottenham are being charged over the odds for the Spain international, with los Che seemingly chasing an initial fee in excess of Spurs' £22m valuation; after all, this is a player that recently turned 28. However, if the club could get three or four successful seasons out of him, the risk would certainly be quashed.

If Spurs could wrap up a deal that suits both parties, the good news is that Soldado is a consistent performer, netting over 15 goals in each of the last four La Liga seasons, culminating in his most profitable campaign to date last time around, with 24 goals to his name. It's a level of performance that the club's current strikers have been unable to sustain, with the form of Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor often fluctuating between spells out on the sidelines.

The strike duo netted just 16 goals between them in the 2012/13 season and Tottenham constantly found themselves looking to Gareth Bale to dig them out of holes, particularly in the latter half of the season. A key stat that needs addressing is the fact that only four teams in the league saw a lower percentage of their goals (excluding own goals) scored by starting centre-forwards than Spurs (24.2%) last season. In contrast, 38.5% of Valencia's superior goal tally (65 to 62) were scored by the starting strikers, with Soldado occupying that role in 33 of their 38 La Liga games.

A look further into the Spaniard's attacking stats in comparison to the aforementioned Tottenham pair confirms that if they were to sign Soldado, Spurs would be making a significant step in the right direction.

The Valencia marksman's 24-goal tally last season came from an average of 2.86 shots per game. While that's a significant advance on shot-shy Adebayor's 1.68 it's actually down on Defoe's figure of 3.18, despite scoring more than twice as many goals. In turn, Soldado's chance conversion rate - an all-important striking statistic - of 24% is more than double that of either Defoe (10.2%) or Adebayor (11.9%), who both boasted meagre figures.

That's not to say that Soldado was always accurate though, with his shot accuracy of 46% only marginally better than Adebayor (45.2%) but again a considerable improvement on Defoe (38%). But when he did hit the target, the 28-year old's shots got the better of the opposing keeper more often than not, with an 'on target conversion rate' of 52.2%. Again, that's a huge step up from Defoe (26.8%) and Adebayor (26.3%), whose efforts on target were all too often stoppable.

Soldado is the definitive poacher, with all 24 of his strikes coming from inside the box last season. That's the sort of player that Spurs need, with only bottom club QPR scoring a lower percentage of their goals from inside the box (again excluding own goals) than Tottenham's 74.2% - with Gareth Bale having netted nine league goals from distance. The vast majority of Soldado's strikes came via his trusty right boot (19), but he has ability in the air too, scoring four headed efforts last season, and he'd be able to connect with any deliveries from the likes of Bale and Lennon.

With many tipping Spurs to adopt Villas-Boas' favoured 4-3-3 system next season, Soldado would be the spearhead of the attack, and though it's not a role that he's played frequently, he excelled in such a formation last season. Valencia only played three up front twice in La Liga, with Soldado the focal point on both occasions. The forward netted four goals in those matches, with a brace in January against Sevilla and another against the same opponents on the final day of last season.

If Soldado could replicate that form at White Hart Lane, Spurs fans could end up relieved at their failure to sign earlier targets. But if they miss out on this marksman, it could be the one they live to regret the most.

Martin Laurence - follow him on Twitter.

All statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com, where you can find yet more stats, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Latest Photos

Footer 365

England's Laura Bassett: 'I wish no-one knew my name'

Laura Bassett says she is still deeply hurting after her stoppage-time own goal ended England Women’s World Cup dream.

Gerrard turned down Euro move

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he turned down a "couple of nice opportunities" to move to a club in Europe in order to sign for Los Angeles Galaxy.

Premier League fixtures on Sky Sports: Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City live on bumper 2015/16 opening weekend

Chelsea will begin their title defence exclusively live on Sky Sports, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City also on bumper opening bill.

Mail Box

Has Everyone Forgotten About Khedira?

Sami Khedira is one of the signings of the summer and yet he's flown completely under the radar. Plus Dommy S's views of women's football get a right old shoeing...

Women's Success Won't Alter Viewing Habits

The Women's World Cup hasn't inspired everyone. Also in the Mailbox: a plastic's guide to Brazil, Nani regrets, tears over Henry, and The Beach Boys...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company