Soldado: Villarreal start has ‘surpassed’ expectations

Matthew Briggs
Roberto Soldado: Two in three for Villarreal
Roberto Soldado: Two in three for Villarreal

Former Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado says his return to Spain has “surpassed my expectations” after a nightmare spell in the Premier League.

Soldado moved to Villarreal in August after a frustrating two years at White Hart Lane, during which he never managed to reach the heights expected following a record £26million move from Valencia.

However despite netting just seven times in the English top flight, the 30-year-old striker has wasted no time in rediscovering his best form in Spain, scoring twice in three games.

Soldado, who infamously missed the crowd twice as he tried to kick the ball into the crowd at his unveiling by the La Liga side, has even surprised himself at his quick return to form.

“Coming back has surpassed all of my expectations – I couldn’t have imagined that it would be as good as it has been so far,” he told AS.

“I was really keen to come back to Spain, and above all to a club which has everything it needs to do things well.

“We know we’ve got great potential in attack and in defence if we play as a team. The players who arrived over the summer are trying to get to know each other so that we can enjoy a good understanding out on the pitch.

“For the moment, it’s working out well and the team is creating lots of chances – we have to continue down this route and keep scoring a lot of goals which is what counts.”