£6.25m Tottenham flop urges team-mates to be ‘serious’ in pursuit of Swansea tonight

Valencia striker Helder Postiga will be hoping to end a two month goal drought this evening in Switzerland, in order to keep pressure on Swansea City in the Europa League.

Spurs paid Porto £6.25 million for the Portuguese international Helder Postiga 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.

But when Tottenham 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 Postiga from Real Zaragoza this summer.

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

His time at Valencia has been good to ok at the moment, scoring three goals in 12 games for the club - including a double against Barcelona back on the 1st September.

The only worrying thing about that is, he hasn’t scored for his club since.

So after over two months without a goal, he knows an opportunity when he sees one - and travelling to Switzerland to take on St Gallen is an opportunity.

Valencia beat them 5-1 at the Mestalla last month - and in a Europa League group topped by Swansea City, just one point ahead of them, victory in Switzerland is imperative this evening.

It is a point the goal-shy Postiga has been making clear to his team-mates in the Spanish media.

Here is what he had to say about the upcoming fixture:

“It will be a very difficult match. We won at home, which was good for us, but I think St Gallen will come into this match with a clean slate. We have to give our maximum if we want to win. If we work hard and go into the game with the right mindset, then hopefully we can win. St Gallen have played some good games and have some real quality in their squad. We know they’re a serious team – that’s why we have to be serious.”

His team-mates will hope he is serious enough to end his drought, and keep the pressure on Swansea City in Group A.

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