The only option Pochettino has to solve Spurs' Soldado problem

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Tottenham Hotspur need to move Roberto Soldado down the pecking order, after he let them down against Fiorentina last night.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino needs to draw a line under Roberto Soldado's time at White Hart Lane and write it off as an unsuccessful transfer.

Soldado has been handed ample opportunity to find form at Spurs, but he has consistently let them down and he now looks bereft of confidence.

Although it is impossible to criticise Soldado's attitude, he simply does not appear to have the ability required to hit the back of the net on a consistent basis for Tottenham.

His lack of morale and form was summed up last night when the Spaniard ran clean through on goal against Fiorentina in the Europa League.

A confident striker would surely have taken the chance on himself in a similar scenario, but Soldado looked desperate to pass on the responsibility and ended up knocking the ball straight into the 'keeper's arms when looking to play in Nacer Chadli.

It was a shocking moment in the match, which ultimately cost Tottenham their place in the competition, and it may be that Pochettino needs to take him out of the team.

Although Spurs don't have a wealth of striking options - with Harry Kane their only reliable source of goals - they do have Emmanuel Adebayor in the squad and Pochettino may have to promote the Togolese forward.

Adebayor has played just three times since November and his form is poor, but he still looks a better option than Soldado.

Although the 31-year-old has not been scoring, he is unlikely to suffer the same problems with self-belief as Soldado and he, at least, has shown in patches that he can score in the Premier League.

Adebayor scored 14 times last season - Soldado has just 15 goals since moving in 2013 - and if Pochettino can somehow get the veteran forward to find his best form he could make a big difference.

Kane cannot be expected to carry Spurs' goalscoring burden by himself and, therefore, the Lilywhites' second striker has an important role to play, as they look to claim a top-four place.

At the moment Pochettino seems to favour Soldado over Adebayor, but the Spaniard's performance last night is proof that the selection order should be reversed, at least until Spurs have the chance to buy a new striker in the summer.

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