Guillem Balague on Roberto Soldado’s struggles at Tottenham Hotspur

Roberto Soldado has been a huge disappointment since joining Tottenham Hotspur from Valencia in the summer of 2013.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has explained to Shoot Magazine why Roberto Soldado has struggled at Tottenham Hotspur.

Soldado joined the Premier League outfit from Spanish club Valencia in the summer of 2013 for what BBC Sport reported to be worth £26 million in transfer fees.

The Spain international striker was expected to be a huge success at Tottenham and take the Premier League by storm, but he has been hugely underwhelming.

Last season, Soldado scored six goals and created 29 chances in 28 Premier League appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 76% and a shot accuracy of 32%.

So far this campaign, the 29-year-old has found the target just once in 18 league matches, while having a pass accuracy of 75% and a shot accuracy of 37%.

Respected Spanish football pundit Balague, who works for Sky Sports and AS, has now suggested a reason why Soldado has struggled in the Premier League.

“The Spanish league can be very deceiving in some areas,” Balague told the Shoot Magazine.

“When strikers come to England, they have to work harder, they have to play for the team, they have to lead and Soldado isn’t at that level to play in the Premier League. It’s an unfortunate one, because he did look so good in La Liga. It’s sad to see him like this.”

Soldado struggled to make an impact at Real Madrid, but he was a huge success for Getafe and Valencia in the following years.

The Spaniard scored as many as 24 goals in 35 La Liga matches for Valencia in the 2012-13 season, and one cannot blame Tottenham for signing him thereafter.

It will be interesting to see what Tottenham decide to do with Soldado in the summer. They have a key decision to make: do they maintain faith in the striker, or do they sell him for a loss? (click here to read more)

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