Anything Messi can do £6.25m Tottenham flop can do better … well almost

Mestalla Valencia

Helder Postiga is having an excellent start to his campaign with Valencia, bagging a brace against Barcelona yesterday.

When Tottenham Hotspur signed Roberto Soldado for a club record fee, I am sure not many Spurs’ fans envisaged one of their most famous flops taking his place at the forefront of Valencia’s attack.

But that is exactly what has happened, after Valencia snapped up Helder Postiga from Real Zaragoza this summer.

Spurs paid Porto £6.25 million for the Portuguese international in 2003 - only to flog him back to the club in exchange for Pedro Mendes one year, 24 games and one goal later.

Since then he has journeyed to France, Greece and found himself in Spain - where he had a big impact for relegated side Zaragoza last season.

With money tight, despite the Soldado sale, and the taxman breathing down their necks Valencia have been forced into doing bargain deals this summer, and Postiga was one of them.

Now the Portuguese is certainly starting to fill the boots of Tottenham’s new striker - as he gave Barcelona a scare last night.

If like me, you watched the first half of the game between Barca and Valencia then retired to bed for a good night’s sleep - well done, because you saw all the action.

Lionel Messi looked like sending Barcelona on their way to a thumping victory at the Mestalla.

But Postiga had other ideas, with two stunning goals just before half time.

His first goal was a tremendous bicycle kick, whilst under pressure from Gerard Pique.

His second was classic Postiga, excellent movement followed up with a pin-point header.

In the end that was it, Barcelona holding out for a 3-2 away victory.

But it was a wonderful opening 45 minutes, as Postiga continues to demonstrate his ability to replace Roberto Soldado.

Here is Postiga’s first goal of the game…

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