The Spaniard hadn’t enjoyed the most fruitful of runs since swapping Valencia for to north London to the tune of £26 million, finding the back of the net just once from open play ahead of Thursday evening's encounter, much to the frustration of all surrounding the Spurs camp.
Finding himself dropped by boss Andre Villas-Boas for the club’s last two Premier League contests against Fulham and Sunderland, Soldado cracked back into the starting eleven for Tottenham’s inconsequential final game of the Europa League group stage.
Still, an opportunity it was for the 28-year-old to reassert himself after experiencing life on the bench of late, and one that he took with aplomb.
Just seven minutes into the contest with Russians Anzhi Makhachkala Soldado turned home a clever flicked header from a Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick before slotting in his second ten minutes later, assisted by fellow labouring summer acquisition Erik Lamela.
Midway through the second half he would complete his hat trick with a third goal, quite fittingly taken from, you guessed it, his beloved penalty spot.
See Spurs fans’ reactions on Twitter to Soldado’s early blitz below, followed by comments on his seemingly obligatory strike from 12 yards.
Soldado FINALLY Scored A Goal From Open Ish Play— PushaMan/Paranoia (@DanielFrancisQ) December 12, 2013
Soldado scores from open play, it's a Christmas miracle!— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale22) December 12, 2013
Service to Soldado = goals.— Spurs Stat Man (@SpursStatMan) December 12, 2013
Roberto Soldado has 2 goals. And neither were pens. Apocalypse is upon us.— Craig Lucock (@CraigWL1997) December 12, 2013
So Soldado has decided to start scoring. Better late than never! #spurs— Pedro Sanchez (@WillShears1) December 12, 2013
So Soldado has scored two goals which aren't penalties. Have we shifted into another dimension or something? #lovesapen— Richard Pitcock (@RichPitcock) December 12, 2013
Soldado loves a pen. He really does.— The Football Front (@ReviewFootball) December 12, 2013
Its good to see Soldado getting a hat trick with his influential trademark - a penalty.— Clarke (@Harrkin) December 12, 2013
Soldado completing his hat trick as a penalty is just pure football romance. It was always going to be. #penlove— Orange County Spurs (@OCSpurs1882) December 12, 2013
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