Spurs star comments on what Roberto Soldado brings to the side

Roberto Soldado

Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado has often been criticised for his lack of goals.

Tottenham Hotspur fullback Ben Davies has told reporters for the Daily Star that he and his teammates identify the qualities that under-fire striker Roberto Soldado bring to the team.

The Spanish striker joined Spurs for a hefty sum in the summer of 2013 and arrived with a renowned scoring record in Spain while playing for La Liga giants Valencia.

However, in the Premier League, it just hasn’t happened for the former Real Madrid man and his lack of goals and general involvement have often been criticised by the media.

Despite the scepticism, Soldado does have support from his teammates as Ben Davies tells reporters of the striker’s qualities after he ended his two-month goal drought against Fiorentina on Thursday.

“We see what qualities he’s got every day and we know that he’s capable of it. Hopefully he can get a run going now and that will be good for everyone. I thought he had a great game for us,” Davies said.

“He held the ball up well and he linked the play up, and that’s what he’s good at. We’re all happy to see him get that goal as well.”

Does Roberto Soldado have a future at White Hart Lane?

The 29-year-old’s contract at White Hart Lane expires in the summer of 2017 so the club still have plenty of time to decide on his future.

He was brought in as a goal scorer, however his lack of overall contribution means unless he is regularly finding the back of net, his presence on the pitch can actually be of a hindrance.

England striker Harry Kane, in contrast, has proven how to play the lone forward role to precision – scoring goals for fun while contributing defensively from the front.

Soldado’s chances of regaining his place in the starting XI appear slim due to Kane’s rise to prominence, and as a result it wouldn’t be surprising to see him return to La Liga in the near future.

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