Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado was linked with a return to La Liga over the weekend with David Moyes reportedly considering him as an early target for his Real Sociedad.
Few Spurs fans would argue against the club moving Soldado on but it would create a hole in the Spurs attack, which would need to be filled to provide cover in the squad over a busy second half of the season.
Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez appears to be the priority but if Sociedad are seriously interested in Soldado, Spurs could try and get a player coming the other way, which would also help the club get one over on local rivals Arsenal.
Carlos Vela is one of Sociedad’s in form players and he showed with a superb performance last week just how good he can be against any experienced defence, with a brace in the win against the Netherlands.
Tottenham paid big for Soldado and Daniel Levy being one of the savviest businessmen around means the club would more than likely look to try and make back a good amount on the £26 million they originally paid for him from Valencia.
While Moyes enjoyed massive riches at United, that’s certainly not the case at Sociedad, so they may have to look at an alternative deal to get Soldado signed up if that’s the player Moyes wants leading his attack in Spain.
Would Vela be a good player for Tottenham’s attack? He certainly offers them something they don’t already have, which is the pace of a player to play on the shoulder of the opposition defence as he looks to race in behind.
He’s also skilful enough to drop off to the top of midfield when his side are under pressure and seems to have the killer instinct to make the difference in front of goal.
Arsenal have moved on but that association and feeling of regret is always going to linger when Vela plays well, especially if he ends up doing it for the club’s arch rivals.