Stats: Soldado fluffs his lines again as Spurs exit Europa League

The Tottenham forward missed a gilt-edged chance at 0-0 in Florence, and went on to offer a toothless performance in the 2-0 defeat.

Roberto Soldado's season, and Tottenham career, could be summed up by his terrible missed opportunity against Fiorentina last night.

If the striker had converted the two-on-one chance his side had, the tie would have been there for the taking. As it was, Fiorentina went on to score a second half double that saw Spurs knocked out of Europe three days before the League Cup final against Chelsea.

Spurs will be hoping that chance won't define their entire season, that of getting close but making a mess of the opportunity.

Below we look at Soldado's performance according to the statistics from the game:

  TeamTotal Scoring AttShots On TargetPassing AccuracyPassesFoulsDuels
Mins Played
Roberto Soldado Tottenham 2 0 68% 13 1 3/4 90

Soldado was his side's worst passer, with a limp accuracy of 68% that saw him find a teammate just 13 times. He had just two attempts, neither of which were on target. Tottenham's number nine won just one of two headers and took on a defender just the once, a disappointing figure even if he did beat that opponent.

Of course, arguably the biggest moment of the game came midway through the first half, and could have changed the course of the tie and Soldado's performance.

The Spaniard timed his run superbly to find himself on the end or Erik Lamela's pass and through on goal, with Nacer Chadli to his left and no defenders near either player. Advancing into the area, Soldado had only to slot past the onrushing Neto, but dallied on the ball, before playing an under-hit pass towards his Belgian colleague. Fiorentina's goalkeeper, recalled to the starting lineup, gobbled it up, and that was Tottenham's best chance of the night gone. A flicked header over the bar towards the end of the game was the forward's only other attacking contribution of note.

In fact, Soldado offered little else during the rest of the game, despite Spurs bossing possession, and found little space with Fiorentina camped back in their own half, ever ready to hit the Londoners on the break.

Surely this game is the final nail in the coffin of the former Valencia man's Tottenham career, with the striker currently having netted just five goals this season, significantly less than what was a disappointing debut season where he scored 11 times despite playing just four games more. Perhaps only a League Cup final winner can save him now.

Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy must surely regret not making attacking reinforcements in January.

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