Tottenham flop Roberto Soldado tipped for Spain recall following Villarreal move

Roberto Soldado

The Spanish media are tipping Tottenham flop Soldado for another international call-up.

Soldado left Spurs over the summer to join Villarreal, and a report in AS makes it appear as if the striker made the correct decision to leave White Hart Lane.

The 30-year-old endured a torrid time at Spurs, scoring just 16 goals in 76 games, and losing his place in the Spanish international squad due to a series of shockingly poor performances.

He lost his place in Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team last term due to the emergence of Harry Kane, and with the English striker set to lead the line this season, Soldado made the decision to leave Spurs.

The North London club managed to find a club willing to move for the 12-capped international, with La Liga side Villarreal deciding to sign him on a permanent transfer.

And it is hard to imagine Soldado’s start to life back in Spain could have gone any better.

Villarreal currently sit top of La Liga, with 16 points from six games placing them ahead of Barcelona and Real Madrid, and Soldado has been one of the key players in the side.

He has made five appearances, scoring two goals and registering three assists, and the AS article tips him for an international call up when the next Spain squad is announced.

Many want to see him named ahead of Diego Costa, who has struggled with Chelsea this season, and Soldado is known to be a favourite of La Roja head coach Vicente del Bosque.

Under Del Bosque, Soldado is Spain’s most prolific striker, with one goal every 76 minutes of action, better than David Villa’s impressive record of one every 98 minutes, and far better than Costa’s current strike rate of a goal every 662 minutes.

If Soldado does get back into the Spain squad, after just five games with his new club, it will once again raise the question of what just went wrong for the striker at Spurs.

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