Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado has explained what it meant to him to score his first Premier League goal of the season on Sunday.
The 29-year-old, who has been struggling since the start of the campaign, found the target on the stroke of half time against Everton at White Hart Lane.
It was a deft finish from Soldado, who was signed by Tottenham from Valencia in the summer of 2013 for a reported transfer fee of £26 million.
Former Real Madrid striker Soldado has come under severe criticisms for his disappointing form in the Premier League, and he was over the moon to have finally scored his first league goal of the season.
"I always feel the love of the supporters and I was delighted to score for the team,” Sports Mole quotes the former Getafe star as saying.
“The moment the ref blew for half time everybody sung my name and I welled up a little bit, I had a tear in my eye. It was very special.
"I needed to score because in last few games I've felt good, but it's important for a forward to score. It was a very important win."
Soldado was prolific during his time at Getafe and Valencia, but he seems not to have come to grips with the Premier League in over a year.
The goal against Everton on Sunday was the Spain international’s seventh in the Premier League; he does need to kick on.
That Soldado has quality and has looked promising on occasions this season cannot be ignored; now that he has scored in the Premier League for the first time this season, maybe - just maybe - the floodgates will open.