£26m Tottenham striker snubbed for £2m bargain man

Roberto Soldado

Michu of Swansea City has been preferred to Roberto Soldado in the latest Spanish squad selection.

When the Spanish squad was announced at the end of last week, Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado would not have enjoyed reading its contents - especially as he was not involved.

The striker, who joined Spurs for a whopping £26 million this summer, has not been on fire for his new club yet - with the penalty spot being his only real friend in English football.

Meanwhile Jermain Defoe has reacted to the competition for places admirably, earning a starting spot against West Ham on Sunday afternoon.

So Soldado would not have been surprised to see the likes of Alvaro Negredo, David Villa and Pedro preferred in attack.

However, learning that Vicente del Bosque had originally planned to call up Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid, and Brazilian heritage, before paperwork got in the way, will have given Soldado genuine cause for concern - as he slips down the Spanish pecking order.

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But when David Villa withdrew through injury Soldado probably imagined he would be the man called up to replace him - to act as saviour.

But hang on, Del Bosque instead decided to call up Swansea City star Michu.

Calls for the attacking midfielder/centre forward to get an international breakthrough have been bandied around ever since he was at Rayo Vallecano - and now he might just receive his first cap for Spain at any level in the games against Denmark and Armenia.

The point it shows is once again just how true a bargain his signature was by Swansea. For £24 million less than Spurs paid Valencia for Soldado, the Welsh outfit now have a forward who is preferred to the Tottenham striker.

For Michu, this is just what he deserves. He has been montored by Del Bosque and his team on numerous occasions - with the manager himself even occasionally spotted at the Liberty Stadium - casting his eye over the rangy attacker.

And he has obviously liked what he sees, as Michu finally gets the call-up he has been dreaming of.

Does Michu deserve his Spanish call-up?

image: © Victor Gutierrez Navarro

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