Can Tottenham's record signing get them into the top four?

Roberto Soldado

Roberto Soldado has pledged to fire his new club into the Champions League qualification places next season.

After narrowly missing out on Champions League football in the last two campaigns, Tottenham will once again embark on a season of action with the top four the ultimately goal.

The summer acquisition of Spain international striker Roberto Soldado for a club record fee will give the north Londoners more oomph going forward, and the former Valencia man has pledged to help his new side surpass the achievements of the last 24 months.

"I'm absolutely honoured to be at this club, to wear the shirt that has so much history. I'm hoping that I can score lots of goals to repay the club's kindness in signing me.

"Spurs is a great club and a club that deserves to be in the Champions League. I know it's a hard league and we have to work and play to that level to get there and I will do my best for the team.

"I've joined a great club with a lot of great players. As a group, including the new players, we're looking to improve and our objective is to get Spurs to where we belong.

"I've come here as a striker to score goals. I always try to achieve more goals in the next season, so that will be my aim, to score as many goals as I can for Spurs next season."

Soldado’s frame of reference has some relevance to the situation he and Tottenham find themselves in. The striker has been the figurehead at Valencia in the last three seasons – a club that has constantly battled to compete with historically superior rivals in the shape of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Initially Soldado and Valencia’s goal was to pose a La Liga title threat. Latterly it was to compete with other rising forces to secure a top-four berth in Spain. Both objectives were failed by Valencia, despite the stellar goalscoring efforts of the 28-year-old.

Soldado’s experiences at Valencia will stand him in good stead to be the main man at Tottenham, a club that is also eager to break the hegemony of success of others.

Whether Gareth Bale stays or go this summer, the new man will have a support system in place superior to what he experienced at the Mestalla, with quality around him capable of creating chances that he can take. If Soldado can continue the rich goalscoring form he has shown in Spain in recent years, his ambitions of breaking into the top four could well be realised come the end of the campaign.

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