According to a report from London 24 at the weekend, Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado’s move to Galatasaray has been put on hold following Lukas Podolski’s arrival in Turkey and the Spaniard’s return to pre-season training in North London.
That does not mean the move is dead in the water, only that a renegotiation will have to allegedly take place before any move is complete. But there is an alternative that should be considered, and that is to keep Soldado for another year.
At first glance the suggestion may be deemed foolish; after all the 30-year-old has scored just 16 goals in 76 appearances to date. But of the two out-of-favour forwards currently on the books at White Hart Lane, surely it is Emmanuel Adebayor who should be first out the door if possible, leaving Soldado as the only current viable alternative to Harry Kane.
With two years left on his contract, Tottenham are unlikely to find anyone who would be willing to pay anywhere near the £26million they forked out back in 2013, and given his age, the striking situation at Spurs and the fact that he does have it in him to score and provide, why not keep him?
After all, strength in depth is going to be vital for Spurs next season and even with another new front-man there are likely to be times when a player like Soldado could prove important.
Tottenham were lucky last season that Kane stayed injury-free and with the formation Mauricio Pochettino plays Soldado’s chances were limited. But success in football is as much about forward-thinking and adaptation as anything else and there could yet be a twist in Soldado’s Tottenham tale; perhaps even a renaissance…