Roberto Soldado failed to score once again today. But is it his fault or the players around him?
Today saw the league’s most frugal defence take on the league’s most potent scorers as Tottenham Hotspur travelled to Manchester City.
On this occasion it was clear that the attack beat defence.
City were rampant in the 6-0 victory today - as Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas and Yaya Toure ripped Andre Villas-Boas’ men to shreds in a result he admitted he was ashamed of after the whistle had blown.
And once again his big summer signings failed to produce - although the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Michael Dawson, Hugo Lloris and Younes Kaboul were also fairly woeful.
It was Erik Lamela who came in for much of the stick once again - but their £26 million striker, tasked with getting the goals for the club, has been equally as poor.
The goal record Soldado came with to White Hart Lane suggested that he was going to be a goal-machine - I mean he did score 30 goals in 46 appearances for Valencia last term.
The problem however is his inability to that for his new team.
His overall record of six goals in 13 games reads quite well, about average. But when you consider the vast majority of those goals came from the penalty spot - you quickly realise that he is not quite reaching the standards necessary.
But goals are one thing, his general all round play has been off.
He has not been moving into dangerous positions enough and clearly lacks the pace to get beyond the faster Premier League defenders compared to those in Spain.
But most infuriating is his lack of ability at holding up the ball to bring other players into play. His lack of physical stature and strength is seeing him bullied off the ball in the attacking third - today it was Matija Nastasic, Fernandinho and even Martin Demichelis who regularly mugged him of possession.
He had just 28 touches for Spurs today - in comparison Alvaro Negredo had 44 and Sergio Aguero 42.
And this brings in the other side of the debate - is he simply not getting the service.
The Spanish striker can only touch the ball if he is getting the ball - and nobody in the Spurs midfield today seemed capable of giving him the ball.
Lewis Holtby could not thread the ball through to him - while Erik Lamela and Aaron Lennon were simply so off the boil that service was never coming his way.
The problem is only exacerbated when Androd Townsend plays. For all his direct approach play, dribbling brilliance and attacking guile he always comes in on to his left foot so never provides Soldado with the type of delivery he gobbled up so brilliantly at the Mestalla.
So it is a tough one? On the one hand it is certain that Soldado could be doing more - but he is not exactly being inspired to do so by those in and around him.
Here is the reaction on Twitter ...
Spurs main problem is that Soldado is rubbish and doesn't move for the ball.— Joseph Pepper (@JosephPepper) November 24, 2013
Soldado is rubbish. Adebayor is much much better.— Macall Maliq (@macallenoch) November 24, 2013
Soldado is just a flop, absolutely rubbish.— S.Weston (@S_Weston6) November 24, 2013
Soldado is probably the worst summer signing. So crap and overrated.— Joe (@NotNoAverageJoe) November 24, 2013
Unfortunately for Spurs fans, the excuse of "Soldado is isolated" will not be accepted for today's pasting.— Captain Obvious (@_ObviousCaptain) November 24, 2013
*insert Soldado is isolated excuse here*— Töm (@TomAFC14) November 24, 2013
Soldado far too isolated. City have defended well though and have been clinical up top. Augero outstanding! What a player he is.— Lauder! (@JL_1973) November 24, 2013
I don't think it's really his fault but unless we sign a midfielder tailored to his game we'll be selling Soldado at the end of the season.— Mac (@ScroobiusMac) November 24, 2013
It's not soldado fault he can't score if he isn't getting service in the right areas.— Declan Smith (@Decerz_DD) November 24, 2013
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