With Tottenham struggling to get goals this term, could the Spaniard be dropped for the crucial game against the Premier League champions this weekend?
Tottenham secured an unconvincing 2-0 win in Norway on Thursday night, beating Tromso in the Europa League.
The squad that travelled to Scandinavia and the team that started the game was made up of predominantly fringe figures, with a host of first-team regulars rested for the trip.
With Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas under fire after his side’s unceremonious thumping at Manchester City last Sunday, another big game lies in wait this weekend.
Some media outlets are suggesting that the Portuguese trainer’s future is up in the air, with a positive result against Premier League champions Manchester United a necessity at White Hart Lane.
With the north London club’s lack of goals, a switch in formation and personnel could well be in order for the clash, with Spanish striker Roberto Soldado’s place in the side under threat.
Soldado arrived in England with a stellar reputation after a number of seasons of lethal marksmanship in his homeland, but has only scored one goal from open play in the Premier League this season in 11 starts.
With the former Valencia man travelling to face Tromso nd potential replacements staying in England, does it mean that he will be dropped for the clash with David Moyes’ men?
Soldado has looked distinctly short of confidence over the last month as Spurs struggle to hit the back of the net, with the marksman seemingly failing to adapt to life in north London.
Against Tromso, an opponent that Spurs were expected to dominate, Soldado did not invoke confidence, and was largely a peripheral figure in the game.
Emmanuel Adebayor looked relatively sharp when introduced against City last weekend, and there are many Spurs fans that are calling for the Togolese attacker to be reinstated to the starting XI.
Jermain Defoe’s future is uncertain, with a move to the MLS touted, however surely the England international attacker has more to offer than a move Stateside?
With the Spurs shareholders, fans and players in desperate need of a positive showing this weekend against United, it appears that Villas-Boas is ready to shuffle his pack, starting with in the centre-forward position.
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