Soldado scores first goal and Kaboul plays for first time in a year in Tottenham draw

Roberto Soldado and Younes Kaboul were the main talking points of a 1-1 draw with Espanyol.

Tottenham Hotspur have finally gone some way toward addressing their striking shortage from last season. Earlier in the week they finalised a deal to bring Valencia striker Roberto Soldado to the club in a record £26 million deal.

Last season the club only had Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor as genuine out-and-out strikers - and neither had what you could call a consistent season.

That left most of the clubs goalscoring responsibilities resting solely on the shoulders of star player Gareth Bale.

The hope for next season is that Soldado will bag 20-25 goals at least next term - which could be the difference between Champions League or Europa League football in 2014-15.

And so far the signs are good - after Soldado bagged his first goal for the club today.

The Spanish international was up against compatriot opposition in the form of Espanyol - and if there is one thing he does know how to do, it is scoring against La Liga opposition.

OK, let me temper the excitement somewhat - his goal came from the penalty spot.

In fact the run from Danny Rose that earned the penalty in the first place was perhaps more impressive.

But what Spurs needed last season was a striker who takes their chances - in whatever form they are presented to them. Any former striker will tell you that it doesn’t matter how it reaches the back of the net - just the fact that it makes it is what counts.

Unfortunately the goal was not enough to earn Spurs a victory - as Javi Lopez scored an equaliser on the stroke of half-time.

But Spurs will take the positives from the game. On top of their star striker grabbing his first goal for the club, Younes Kaboul played his first game for the club since last August.

That itself is like a new signing - so all in all a successful night for Spurs, even if on paper a score draw doesn’t look it.

Here is Soldado’s first goal for Tottenham Hotspur…

image: © Victor Gutierrez Navarro

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