Soldado: Proof he is a slow starter and will get hot at Tottenham?

Roberto Soldado

There is hope for Tottenham and Roberto Soldado, if last season is anything to go by.

It's time for Roberto Soldado to step up.

The £26 million summer signing is yet to show he can do, whether that be down to the service he is supplied with, or his finishing, it simply has not been happening.

He hasn't scored in his last six appearances, and will be hoping to set that straight against hapless on Wednesday night.

The Spanish international was in such rich form last season he started the summer's Confederations Cup for Spain as their first choice striker, after a freescoring end to the season for Valencia.

Tottenham are yet to see that Soldado, the one who bagged 24 La Liga goals last season.

He has scored just 4 times in the Premier League this season for Spurs, most recently on October 27.

But here's where it gets interesting. Soldado's start to last season was terribly similar:

In the months leading up to December 1, Soldado scored just 5 of his 24 goals.

He had no injury problems during that period either, and once December hit, he started scoring, netting 6 in 7 games.

As the season went on he got better and better, scoring 10 in his last 8 games in March and April.

A coincidence? Perhaps. In 2011/12 he netted 6 in his first 4, before scoring 6 in his next 22 games.

What it shows is that Soldado is an incredibly streaky striker, and when he starts scoring, the goals invariably keep on coming.

If Tottenham can just crack how to get him going, as Valencia did last season in their first game in December, they could set him off on a sensational scoring run where he begins to justify his price tag.

His scoring record last season proves he shouldn't be written off too early, and has the technique in his locker to start producing.

The fixture against Fulham is the perfect time to start.

image: © Victor Gutierrez Navarro

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