Will Spurs Have To Cut Losses On Soldado?

Following another disappointing display on Thursday, Matt Stanger wonders if Roberto Soldado could be sold in the summer. What coach would want him leading the line?

Last Updated: 20/03/14 at 20:32 Post Comment

Latest Articles

Athletic Bring the Good Times Back to Bilbao

Post comment

With a new stadium and back into European domestic football's premier competition, there are plenty of reasons for smiles from Athletico Bilbao supporters...

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

Post comment

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

All Articles

For 70 minutes of their 2-2 draw against Benfica on Thursday evening, Tottenham were awful. And then Roberto Soldado was substituted. It might be cruel to highlight the Spaniard's exit as the turning point in the match, but suddenly Spurs had belief in the final third as Nacer Chadli's brace made Benfica sweat while his £26m teammate could only watch from the bench.

Tim Sherwood chose to sit in the stand at the Stadium of Light, reportedly so that he could gain a better perspective on his team's performance (although avoiding a renewal of his feud with Jorge Jesus was also a suggestion). He won't have been impressed with Soldado's contribution. The striker volleyed an excellent first-half chance into the ground, sending the ball looping over the bar, and then, well, did very little else.

If he isn't going to gobble up such gilt-edged opportunities, you have to wonder what exactly it is that Soldado is going to do. His movement is poor - at times, terrible - and he repeatedly fails to find space and stretch the play in the wide areas. There have been plenty of slow-motion replays this season of a lifeless Soldado inexplicably standing outside the box as Spurs' wingers have surged forward to cross into dangerous areas. He is never going to be a target man in the role Emmanuel Adebayor usually performs, but it seems his penalty-box instincts have also gone AWOL.

Daniel Levy should be concerned, along with Sherwood - if we are to believe the manager's claim that he will remain in charge next season. "It's out of my hands but I believe I'll be here next year," he said on Thursday. "I'm planning for next season. The players are playing for their futures." Top of the list is a striker with only six goals from open play in 31 appearances.

It is clear that Sherwood isn't a fan of Soldado. The forward has started only four of Spurs' last ten fixtures (three of which came in the Europa League) and has been pushed to the margins of the first team while Adebayor's contribution has been championed. When he scored his first goal for nine matches against Cardiff, the celebration from his teammates was almost patronising - even the mediocre Andros Townsend could be seen pointing to Soldado, almost in disbelief at what had happened.

It has reached a stage of embarrassment in which the striker's future at the club is becoming increasingly untenable. Spurs have not had great fortune in the recruitment of number nines over recent years, and there is diminishing hope that Soldado can be a rare example of unexpected transformation. Just a year after the 28-year-old arrived as the club's record signing, it already seems a possibility that he could be flogged to the highest bidder.

If that proves to be the case, it will serve as further condemnation of Spurs' rip-it-up-and-start-again approach under Levy. But what choice will the chairman have if he appoints the club's third manager in 12 months? Different coaches favour different players - as Sherwood's replacement of Villas-Boas has proved - and, on the evidence of this season, it's difficult to see anyone backing Soldado to lead the line next year.

Matt Stanger - he's on the Twitter.

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

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Latest Photos

Footer 365

Premier League: Nigel Pearson looking forward to Esteban Cambiasso's Leicester debut

Nigel Pearson is excited to find out what Esteban Cambiasso can add to his Leicester squad over the rest of the season.

Premier League: Mauricio Pochettino looking forward to Spurs' clash with Liverpool

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino expects Spurs to treat Sunday's clash with Liverpool as they have their first few games of the season.

Transfer News: Manchester United agree fee to sign Daley Blind from Ajax

Manchester United have begun talks with Daley Blind after agreeing a fee with Ajax.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property