Mauricio Pochettino threw on two midfielders ahead of Roberto Soldado with his team chasing the game yesterday.
The writing could be on the wall for one Tottenham Hotspur star after the 2-0 League Cup final defeat at the hands of Chelsea yesterday.
With his side behind in the game and chasing the match, Mauricio Pochettino threw on two midfielders in Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela before he turned to striker Roberto Soldado.
With Chelsea ahead and comfortable, Spurs needed to try and find a way back into the match and an obvious way he could have done that would have been to throw on an extra striker to partner Harry Kane up front.
However, Soldado was held back with Pochettino seemingly more intent on allowing the side to retain their integrity in midfield, wary of Chelsea overpowering them and pulling away even further.
Soldado did play in the Europa League defeat last Thursday, which explains why he didn’t start the game but it’s confusing why he was held back with Tottenham chasing a deficit yesterday.
With the Premier League now Tottenham’s only focus for the rest of the season, it’s difficult to see where Soldado is going to get many opportunities to play and to save his Tottenham career.
Unless Harry Kane picks up a bad injury or gets suspended, both of which seem unlikely, it’s difficult to see the Spaniard coming into the side from the start for any game.
He’ll then be forced to reassess his position and situation this summer and could well push for an exit, so he can play more frequently at another club.
Some fans will be disappointed because he’s popular and tries hard whenever he plays, but Pochettino seemed to make it clear yesterday how he currently views Soldado in important situations.
Where he goes ahead of next season remains to be seen but an awful lot has to happen for him personally to still be a Tottenham player after this summer.