Thanks but no thanks Spurs! Fans start campaign to keep flop away

Roberto Soldado

Tottenham may be faced with a problem when it comes to sticking or twisting on misfiring striker.

Poor old Roberto Soldado.

Fresh from his £26 million move from Valenca, the Spaniard has really struggled to settle at White Hart Lane and get anywhere near justifying such a fee. After having his most barren season in six years, he has suffered the ignominy of being linked with an exit from the club under all three of the managers to have taken charge of Spurs over the last 12 months.

It has also seen him come to rest very much on the outskirts of the Spanish World Cup squad, not even named on the standby list by Vincent Del Bosque, while Fernando Torres, a player who if anything has been even poorer than Soldado, has made the cut.

Seemingly unlikely to get the chance to prove himself to new Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, Soldado has seen his name linked once again with a return to La Liga, a division where he has one of the best goal returns of any Spanish strikers in recent years.

But even this, a return to Atletico Madrid to replace the Chelsea bound Diego Costa, has been met with animosity.

On Friday, Atletico fans started trending the hashtag #UnAtletiSinSoldado which translates as 'An Atletico Without Soldado'.

In fairness to Atletico supporters, Soldado would be a downgrade from Costa, while a past heavily associated with crosstown rivals Real won't have helped. An incident when Soldado stepped on the head of Atletico's then star striker Falcao two years ago will also not have been forgotten.

It is worth remembering though that players don't lose their ability overnight, and it is likely that at some point, someone will see the best of Soldado once more - be it Spurs or Atletico.

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