Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Glenn Hoddle has made a prediction over what could happen if the club let Roberto Soldado leave this winter or this summer.
Soldado has been linked with various moves away from the club with sides in Spain and Italy thought to be interested in offering him a way out of his White Hart Lane nightmare.
The forward showed glimpses of what he’s capable of in the win against Everton and Hoddle has suggested it may backfire for Mauricio Pochettino if he allows him to leave.
“It hasn’t happened (for Soldado) yet. He could move somewhere else and embarrass Tottenham and do well,” said Hoddle.
The big question is what’s the point of keeping him and how can Pochettino get more out of him?
The point of keeping him is that he’s an experienced Premier League player.
On a personal and professional level he’ll also be disappointed with the way he’s been playing and should be determined to try and improve on his goalscoring ratio for the club.
Hoddle sees the key as confidence, which can only come if Pochettino keeps him in and around the side.
“He needs confidence. A few more goals and you will see the best of him.”
It’s about balance for the boss.
On the one hand, he’s under pressure to get results and drive Spurs back up towards the top four and on the other hand, if he takes Hoddle’s advice, he needs to keep feeding Soldado games in the hope that he starts bagging a few goals.
However, the boss can only do so much and Soldado faces a nervous next few weeks as he looks to score important December goals, which could make his status during the January transfer window much safer and clearer.