Lineker changes tune on Soldado: 'He could still come good. He CAN play'

Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado kicking off for Tottenham

Gary Lineker has taken to Twitter to comment on Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado.

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Gary Lineker made headlines last week when he posted a comment on Twitter that appeared to mock the form of Roberto Soldado.

The Express was one of many newspapers to pick up on the tweet, which the Match of the Day presenter later claimed was a joke.  

But during Tottenham's match against Southampton on Sunday afternoon, Lineker again took to the social media site to comment on the Spaniard, although this time he praised him.

With Emmanuel Adebayor unavailable, Soldado led the line for Spurs as they ultimately won 3-2 against the Saints, and Lineker wrote, "In all seriousness, I reckon Soldado could still come good.  Often takes foreign players a while to adapt.  And he CAN play."

It was a change of tune from last week, but one that the out-of-form front-man could take some positives from.

Soldado may have only scored six league goals all season, but he has also scored five in seven Europa League matches, suggesting it is the Premier League he has to get used to, rather than simply the fact that he has pulled on a different shirt.

In his final season at Valencia he scored 30 goals in all competitions, including 24 in 35 La Liga matches, so Lineker is right in his assertion that the 28-year-old can play.  But what he needs is encouragement on a regular basis, and time, because something tells me that once he and Christian Eriksen have a full pre-season behdin them, they could be a very effective double-act.

 

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