Roberto Soldado again failed to produce the goods for Tottenham today ... what did the fans think?
Roberto Soldado was in the firing line once again today - as he failed to deliver the goods in front of goal for Tottenham Hotspur in their scrappy win over Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane.
For 45 minutes Spurs looked asleep - as Crystal Palace pushed on and were unlucky not to go into the second half with a 1-0 lead, all thanks to a woeful penalty attempt from Jason Puncheon.
One area in which they truly struggled was up front. Since Tim Sherwood took over Emmanuel Adebayor and Soldado have been charged with reigniting the 4-4-2 formation that seemingly went out of fashion about ten years ago.
But while Adebayor has looked good - Soldado has continued to be bitty at best.
Since arriving from Valencia in a massive £26 million move the Spanish international has struggled to hit the back of the net - and when he has it has more often than not been from the penalty spot.
And against Palace today it was perhaps one of his biggest struggles to date.
His had just the one shot on goal and struggled to get on the ball throughout the game - with Palace’s Marouane Chamakh looking the far more competent between the two.
For Soldado the tough afternoon came to a head when he was hauled off on 57 minutes having made little or no contribution to the performance.
The player who replaced him was Jermain Defoe - and of course he went on to score.
This is a player they have allowed to join Toronto FC for around £6 million outshining a Spanish international they spent £20 million more on in the summer.
Of course Defoe himself has not been great this term - but if he was afforded the same leniency and opportunities that Soldado has had we imagine he would have performed to a similar, if not better level.
The fans were once again not impressed with Soldado - for whom 2014 needs to kick on very soon to avoid being a flop…
Here is some of the response from Twitter…
Not sure what #Spurs do with Soldado. He is just not playing well and showing no signs of breaking out of it.— Phillip Marquart (@pdmarquart) January 11, 2014
Seeing Chamakh and Soldado on the same pitch you can see clearly Chamakh is on another level to him.— Renato (@th14Renato) January 11, 2014
With Defoe no longer a threat to take his place Soldado needs to perform to win the Spurs fans over— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) January 11, 2014
Soldado has superb technique and his build up play and movement are first class. The goals will come I have no doubt, needs time but lots do— Dan Fenwick (@bigdanf46) January 11, 2014
SOLDado is the one who should be SOLD to Toronto.— Byron Martey ™ (@juicyblurred) January 11, 2014
Soldado poor. Hardly any touches and got frustrated. Disapointing. Adebayor once again great. Good support and link up play. Deserved a goal— Just Tottenham (@Just_Tottenham) January 11, 2014
Soldado was very poor today, touch seemed to desert him, good 2nd half from Ade & Naughton was excellent when he came on.— brett sanders (@brettsanders1) January 11, 2014
Losing my patience with soldado, he's so poor— Hugh G. Rection (@chloethfc_) January 11, 2014
i think "poor touch by soldado" has been the soundtrack to spurs season... #bbcfootball— Keir Shields (@keir_shields) January 11, 2014
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