TalkSport commentator Stan Collymore says Tottenham star Roberto Soldado deserves no blame for his current form.
The Tottenham man led the attack yesterday as Spurs were edged out by Newcastle United 1-0 at White Hart Lane due to an inspired performance from Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul.
It was a very frustrating day for Spurs in a match they should have won but the former Aston Villa and Liverpool man said live on air that Soldado doesn’t deserve to be blamed for his lack of goals this season.
“I place no blame on Soldado for his current form,” said Collymore during his commentary stint.
Soldado has bagged just four goals for Spurs in the Premier League, with three of those coming from the penalty spot and just a single strike from open play.
At times against Newcastle he looked isolated and a little unsure over which runs to make based on what he saw happening within the Spurs midfield.
Tottenham have some very good central midfielders and there are some obvious tactics, which Andre Villas-Boas can try to get a little bit more out of his Spanish striker and the side in general.
Tottenham have players who are well suited to playing in wide positions but the strength in the middle of their team more often than not sees possession come back into a central area.
Andros Townsend has been one of the best wingers in the Premier League this season but he too has a tendency to come inside rather than staying out in wide areas, which will enable Soldado to do different things.
If Spurs keep possession wide and use it well in wide areas, Soldado can make runs down either channel of the pitch.
With the full back of the opposition pre-occupied by the player in possession out wide, that allows Soldado to pull the centre back with him, as otherwise there is no defensive cover in the channels he’s running.
That will open up spaces through the heart of the opposition defence and that’s where Tottenham’ creative central players can take advantage; Christian Eriksen, Lewis Holtby and Paulinho to name just a few.
Tottenham remain in a very good position in the Premier League on 20 points, just five points away from Arsenal at the top of the league and ahead of Manchester City.
The alarming fact is that only Sunderland and Crystal Palace have scored fewer goals this season and AVB will be using part of the up coming international break to have a slight re-think over the way he wants his team to play.
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