The 'heatmap' in football integrates and aggregates event data to highlight where a certain player operated most during a certain match and is therefore a useful tool to compare a player's positional sense from game to game.
However, the results of Roberto Soldado's heatmap from Tottenham Hotspur's painful 6-0 humiliation suffered at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City on Sunday, November 24 has been skewed somewhat because of the scoreline and having to retreat back to the centre circle to kick-off… repeatedly.
Including kicking the first ball to begin play in the first half, Soldado, a £26m signing from Valencia, was forced to kick-off a further five times, six in total, as he was substituted off before Jesus Navas concluded City's goal-scoring. The results are below…
Favourite Opta heatmap from this weekend: Roberto Soldado. Had to kick-off six times, the poor guy. pic.twitter.com/iFM2zOWLn5— Matt Furniss (@Matt_Furniss) November 25, 2013
image: © Victor Gutierrez Navarro