There is no doubt the 29-year-old Spaniard possesses dangerous capabilities up front but Tottenham have yet to see Roberto Soldado’s best. He arrived at White Hart Lane last season on a then-club-record fee of £26million from Valencia where he had spent the previous three years.
Spurs paid that premium with good reason on the back of his consistent form in La Liga. In 2012/13 he scored 30 goals, in 2011/12 he scored 27 goals and in 2010/11 he scored 25 goals but this season he managed just 6 in the Premier League for the North Londoners.
Meanwhile, the manager who brought him in has been sacked. Andre Villas-Boas was dismissed from his post just four months after Soldado arrived and new manager Mauricio Pochettino may have his own designs for the team. There is, of course, the likelihood that the Argentine coach will opt to work with the striker to get the best out of him but would the fans mind if he was sold?
For £26million, Tottenham could have, for example, a striker proven in the Premier League such as Loic Remy who scored 14 goals in 26 appearances for Newcastle this term and is linked with a move to Spurs’ rivals Arsenal for fees reported between £8million and £12million.
Or, Tottenham could have Wilfried Bony who scored 17 goals for Swansea in his first term in England this season and has a reported price tag of £20million; or perhaps even Rickie Lambert, linked with a £4 million move to Anfield after scoring 13 goals and making 11 assists in 37 appearances this term.
I am not suggesting Soldado is not a good player or that he won’t improve on his tally next term if he stays, but it cannot be denied he has struggled immensely to find his form this season and, when it comes to strikers, confidence is everything.
We have all seen what happened over the years to his countryman Fernando Torres who was the most dangerous striker in the league at Liverpool and then suddenly lost all confidence and, subsequently, form after his £50million move to Chelsea. He has never recovered his previous form and perhaps Spurs would be best to cut their losses now with Soldado and move on.