Tottenham fans react on Twitter to Soldado performance v Palace

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

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