Roberto Soldado's goal important for the team as well as for him - Pochettino

Roberto Soldado

Roberto Soldado scored a crucial winning goal for Tottenham in their 2-1 victory over Everton at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino has said it is a weight of the shoulders of Roberto Soldado having found the net for the first time in the Premier League this season.

Soldado scored the winning goal just before half-time in yesterday's 2-1 win over Everton at White Hart Lane with a very composed finish after latching on to Aaron Lennon's through ball.

The Argentine said the striker finding the net is also important to the team as a whole rather than just the Spaniard, who has had a difficult time in front of goal ever since his £26 million move from Valencia in the summer of 2013.

The Spurs boss is quoted in the Evening Standard, saying: "Today he scored and he is happy, he is more free because he feels the pressure.

"It is important for the team that the striker scores goals."

This time Tottenham fans will be hoping that isn't a false dawn for the Spaniard, whose future has been the subject of much speculation with some reports indicating the club are prepared to cut their losses.

The last time Soldado found the net in open play in the Premier League was in a win against Cardiff City in March. Though he has scored several penalties during his time at White Hart Lane, he hasn't really been able to get on a good goalscoring run.

He has scored 14 goals from 50 appearances, and despite getting into double figures last season for the club, Spurs would expect their forward to get closer 20 goals a season in all competitions, and probably strive for more. 

The pressure that came with his price tag will have inevitably affected the Spaniard, but with a midweek game coming up against the pace setters in the Premier League so far this season, Soldado will head into the game in the best frame of mind.

With the side still harbouring ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League, they need Soldado to be finding the net regularly. It would take a lot of pressure off other areas of the team with another striker firing on all cylinders.

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