Jenas: Pochettino should not have substituted Roberto Soldado

Roberto Soldado

ITV pundits backed Tottenham Hotspur's misfiring Roberto Soldado.

Roberto Soldado failed to break his goal drought in the match against Partizan Belgrade, but it was not through lack of effort.

The Spaniard had three shots on goal, hitting the woodwork in the run-up to Benjamin Stambouli's winner in the 1-0 victory. 

He was withdrawn by head coach Mauricio Pochettino after 65 minutes and appeared visibly annoyed with himself on the bench that he had not converted one of the chances.

Former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas was on the ITV punditry panel, and gave his thumbs up to the forward, suggesting he should have stayed on the pitch.

He said: "I still speak to the players, he's a character in the dressing room. They are all willing him to score. It's unfortunate he got took off, I think he would have got the goal.

"He's frustrated. It wasn't because he played bad, more that he knows that one goal will change things for him."

Current Scotland boss Gordon Strachan agreed, and believes the tide will turn for the striker.

"I think he looks a decent fellow, he's making runs not happening. I'd have liked to see him stay on, the centre backs tired."

Even if Pochettino was trying to save him for the weekend, the point stands that had he snapped his goalless streak against Partizan, the spring in his step would have made up for the 35 minutes he sat out.

Soldado has scored only two goals this season, one in the Capital One Cup and one in the Europa League.

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