Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood has laid into Spurs star Roberto Soldado by claiming the striker isn’t good enough.
The Spanish international has struggled in North London since making the then-record £26 million move from La Liga outfit Valencia in the summer of 2013.
He arrived at White Hart Lane boasting an impressive CV as he notched 29 goals in 60 La Liga matches for Getafe before a three-year spell at Valencia resulted in an even better 59 goals in 101 league games.
The 29-year-old appeared to be the missing piece which would help Spurs finally breach the top four and secure another season among Europe’s elite in the Champions League.
Premier League football, however, can often be unforgiving as Soldado soon found out as a disappointing six goals – two from open play - in 28 appearances means he now regularly finds himself warming the bench.
After a rare start during Spurs’ 4-1 defeat at Manchester City, his weak performance was highlighted by former boss Tim Sherwood who then proceeded to claim that the Spaniard simply isn’t up to the task.
"You try to give [Soldado] as much confidence as you can and you do that by backing him and playing him," Sherwood said, quoted by ESPN.
"In the end, I couldn't keep picking him. I had to put Harry Kane into the team because day in, day out on the training field, he was outperforming him. So there was no choice. It was nothing to do with effort. In my opinion, Harry Kane is better than him.”
"Everyone at the club is on his side. They want him to do well. He is a great guy and the fans shout his name when he is on the bench. They want him to come onto the field, but I don't think we can use the excuse that he needs to settle anymore.”
"He has lived in the country for more than a year and he needs to start producing on the field and we have to stop making excuses for him.”
Soldado once had a formidable scoring record for Real Madrid B but the La Liga giants opted against keeping him on and sold him in 2008.
He was heavily linked with a return to Spain in the summer after his poor season landed him in the Telegraph website’s list of the ’10 worst buys of the 2013/14 Premier League season’.