Has Pochettino found a solution to the Soldado problem at Spurs?

Roberto Soldado

Tottenham Hotspur supporters may be required to change their expectations of Roberto Soldado.

Roberto Soldado was brought to Tottenham Hotspur as the man to score the goals required to fire the club into the top-four.

Spurs broke their record transfer back in 2013, paying £26 million to sign the Spanish international from Valencia, as they looked to compensate for the departure of Gareth Bale.

Soldado had proven his quality in La Liga and looked a quality addition at White Hart Lane. However, the front-man has looked off the pace ever since moving to North-London.

Soldado has struggled to adapt to the pace of the English game and he poses very little goal-scoring threat.

The 29-year-old has only six goals to his name since joining and most of these have came from the penalty spot.

It has led to questions being asked about whether he will ever be a success at White Hart Lane, but the chances of that happening appear slim now.

  GoalsShots per gameShots on targetAppearancesMins Played
Roberto Soldado 6 1.9 29.2% 33 2157

He is only managing to hit 29% of his shots on target and, as a man who is renowned as a clinical finisher, that simply isn't good enough.

It means that Spurs supporters may have to adjust their expectations of what they should see from Soldado. 

The striker is unlikely ever to fill the void that they originally intended him to, but the signs are that he may have a new role in the team.

Soldado played in a number 10 role against Aston Villa and it seems that Mauricio Pochettino may now be looking to draw some of the more creative side of his game out.

When he has started, Soldado's link-up play has been one facet of his game which has looked impressive - he already has as many assists as he does goals in a Tottenham shirt - and playing in a slightly more withdrawn role means he can show more of this quality.

  Goal AssistsKey passes per gamePassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Roberto Soldado 6 1 76% 33 2157

Soldado's mandate for Spurs may now be to provide chances to their more clinical finishers and, if he can start to be more incisive with his play, then there may still be a way that he can still become a success in North London. 

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