Tottenham Hotspur forward Roberto Soldado is not the player he once was according to former player Terry Gibson.
Spurs signed the Spaniard from Valencia for a reported £26million in the summer of 2013, but despite Soldado netting 82 goals in 141 games for the La Liga side he has failed to shine at White Hart Lane.
To date the 29-year-old has scored just 13 goals for Tottenham, with just only of those coming this season, and Gibson has suggested the reason for that poor form.
“I have seen a change in his playing style,” Gibson told Sky Sports.
“At Valencia he was an 18-yard box player, he was aggressive when he needed to be, he could hold the ball up, he could back into central defenders when it was played up to him and when a cross came into the box, he was on the end of it. And when a goalkeeper spilled a shot, he was snapping up the rebound, anticipating any mistakes or loose balls in the box.”
But that is not the Soldado Tottenham fans have seen in recent times. Now the player is devoid of confidence and rarely looks like a goal-threat in a side in desperate need of a prolific front-man.
Gibson believes the previous managerial upheaval have not helped the player, but that he has shown glimpses this season of adding the work-rate to make up for his poor form in front of goal.
That said, Gibson added, “I want him to be the old Soldado that we saw at Valencia, where he was just cracking in goals for fun, but I do fear that it might be beyond him now.”
That will be sad news for those Tottenham fans who felt they had signed a new goal-scoring hero, but until he does leave, Soldado will surely keep working hard in an attempt to rediscover the form that once made him so deadly.