Pochettino suggests why Roberto Soldado struggled at Tottenham Hotspur

Roberto Soldado

Tottenham boss Pochettino has taken a slight dig at the previous coaching regime when commenting on Soldado’s struggles.

Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that ‘football is not mathematics’ when talking to Ham & High to discuss why Roberto Soldado failed with the Lilywhites.

He said: “I don’t know [why it hasn’t worked for him here]. Football is not mathematics. Sometimes there are a lot of reasons that are difficult to explain, but I think it wasn’t easy for him to adapt his game in England at Tottenham.”

Soldado was one of the most feared strikers in Spanish football when Spurs beat off a host of clubs to secure his signature in the summer of 2013.

However, he struggled to adapt to the Premier League, and Tottenham’s system, and after scoring 82 times in 141 games in La Liga, he managed just 16 in 76 appearances for Spurs.

Pochettino has suggested that he failed to adapt to the play in the Premier League, but has also taken a sly dig at the Andre Villas-Boas regime at White Hart Lane, with the Portuguese boss in charge when Soldado was brought in.

The ‘football is not mathematics’ quote is down to the overstated influence many suggested Soldado would have due to his statistics in La Liga, with Villas-Boas a coach renowned for using stats to win games.

However, that can often be at the expense of using real knowledge, and many suggested that Soldado would struggled with Spurs from watching his games with Valencia.

He was a classic poaching striker who rarely left the penalty area, but Villas-Boas was playing a system in which he needed a forward to lead the line in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Yet, the coach thought he would be a great signing due to the stats, and Pochettino has rarely shown an interest in using Soldado as he is aware that the forward would not suit his team.

Soldado’s career at White Hart Lane looks to be over now, and he will go down as one of the many failed transfers completed during the reign of Villas-Boas.

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