Hoddle: Spurs must change system to get best out of Soldado

Christian Eriksen and Soldado Spurs

Glenn Hoddle believes that Mauricio Pochettino must play with two strikers if he is to get the best out of Roberto Soldado.

Spurs progressed through to the next round of the Capital One Cup the hard way, as they came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 at White Hart Lane last night.

It looked set to be a night of pain for the home supporters when Jorge Grant put the Championship leaders in front at the midway point of the second-half, but Pochettino's substituitions changed the game.

Ryan Mason and Harry Kane replaced Paulinho and Benjamin Stambouli as Spurs went with two up top, and Mason's stunning striker was followed by goals from both Roberto Soldado and Kane late on, to ensure victory for the Lilywhites.

Soldado had endured another challenging evening as he chased lost causes on his own for much of the game, without enough support to create any real difficulties for the Forest defence, but Kane's arrival changed all that.

The Spaniard thrives when partnered in attack, and he and Kane managed to both get on the scoresheet inside the final ten minutes.

Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle was not surprised to see things improve after Kane was brought on, and he believes that Pochettino needs to play with two strikers if Soldado is to continue scoring.

“As soon as Tottenham went behind their energy lifted, they played much quicker and with urgency – but putting the two up top helped Soldado,” he said, speaking on Sky Sports.

“Soldado had a partner with Kane to play with and they played with the two wide men. That helped them tactically.

“It was tough for Soldado – and it has been since he’s been at Tottenham. He was playing down the middle on his own and in the end I think he’s stopped making runs.

“But this goal was the sort he’s instinctive about - in Spain he was an instinctive finisher and he scores a lot of goals one touch.

“The centre-half dropped deep so there was no offside situation, Townsend’s shot was going wide and that was a finish, when he was in Spain, you saw him scoring lots of. That was a typical goal from him.”

Spurs travel to Arsenal on Saturday night and Pochettino will likely stick with his 4-2-3-1 formation for the north London derby, but a bold call of playing with two strikers could help Spurs find the net with ease.

Should Spurs change formation to play with two strikers? Will Soldado find himself more involved in the Premier League now?

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