PHOTO: Roberto Soldado looks miserable on the Tottenham bench v Benfica

Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado kicking off for Tottenham

Tottenham left Roberto Soldado on the sidelines against Benfica.

Tottenham hosted Benfica in a glamour tie at White Hart Lane in the Europa League, but the most expensive signing in their history had to watch from the sidelines.

Roberto Soldado was left out of the Tottenham starting XI, with young Englishman Harry Kane preferred, alongside Emmanuel Adebayor.

Benfica's Rodrigo opened the scoring midway through the first half, a player rated at a similar value to the high price Spurs paid Valencia for Soldado.

The 28-year-old has three goals in the Europa League this season, but has netted just two in his last 10 games in all competitions.

Soldado looked far from impressed to be left out, which says little for his prospects of starting against rivals Arsenal at the weekend.

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