Danny Murphy blames ex-Tottenham boss for Roberto Soldado's struggles

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Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy suggests that a tactical change by Andre Villas-Boas affected Roberto Soldado's performances.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy explained on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that a decision by ex-boss Andre Villas-Boas, could be one of the main reasons Roberto Soldado has struggled at White Hart Lane.

The radio station recently reported that Turkish giants Galatasaray could offer the Spaniard a way out of his struggles in North London and Murphy attempted to explain on talkSPORT, why the player hasn’t had the impact that many would have been hoping for.

“I know AVB scrapped playing with wingers, which didn’t help him, but I think it’s time for him to have a fresh challenge because his confidence is shot at Tottenham,” he said.

Soldado relies on service

It’s a fair point for Murphy to make because Soldado is an honest striker, who relies on good service in order to make a difference in attack.

Funnelling the play through the middle of the team can sometimes force the striker a bit wider and Soldado simply doesn’t have the pace to outrun some defenders when an opposition leaves space to be exploited.

He’s more of a poacher sort of player and if the service isn’t coming in, he doesn’t have it in him to produce a bit of creative brilliance which can be the difference.

Writing unfortunately on the wall

Should Soldado leave the club this summer, he’ll bow out with his popularity intact because Tottenham fans appreciate how hard he works to make the difference for the club.

It’s just an unfortunate situation and Tottenham are under pressure to get results, where they can’t afford to have players going through extended spells of bad form.

If he stays and can get off to a good start next season, the situation may change, but there’s no sign from Mauricio Pochettino, based on the end of last season, that a complete transformation in terms of the way Tottenham play is about to happen.

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