Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado has admitted it’s hard for him to take the support of the club’s fans when he’s not scoring goals.
The Spaniard’s struggles at the club are common knowledge and he’s been quite open in admitting that he feels embarrassed about the affection shown to him, suggesting that he doesn’t deserve it.
“From the first minute I’m involved, even before I’ve done anything, the fans show they believe in me, and I feel ashamed at not being able to satisfy them. It’s hard when they sing,” he told the Standard.
“I hear them chanting my name and if I miss a chance, I feel bad. I can’t thank them enough. I just hope I can reach the level they expect and I just need to take advantage of the great players around me.”
While Soldado’s performances have been criticised in some quarters, he has received support from the likes of Glenn Hoddle, who believe it would be a mistake for the club to sell him.
When there is talk over complicated possible January transfers, Soldado’s name commonly comes up in terms of players who could make way to facilitate new signings.
However, Hoddles recently admitted he feels the striker could embarrass the club as he’s close to a very good run of form in the Tottenham attack.
Soldado has also provided an insight into what manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking for in his attacking players and how he wants teams to hurt their opponents.
“We’re improving all the time but if we’re being realistic, we’re not playing to our potential yet. There is room to do better and if we can, we can finish in the top four.”
“Mauricio Pochettino wants a very attack-minded team. He wants us to have the ball and hurt our opponents, which is good for strikers and all attacking players. He wants the strikers to be very mobile and push forward, so the midfield can come in and score goals.”
Soldado’s heart, work rate and respect for everything Tottenham is clear for all to see. He needs one or two things to go his way, a repeat of his performance against Everton and he could have a big say for the club over the second half of the season.