Roberto Soldado claims Andre Villas-Boas leaving Tottenham was behind his poor Spurs form

Roberto Soldado left Tottenham in the summer after just 16 goals in 76 games.

Speaking to Spanish media outlet AS, Villarreal striker Roberto Soldado has claimed that the departure of Andre Villa-Boas was the reason for his dreadful spell with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Spanish striker said: “I went with enthusiasm and excitement for the challenge, thinking that the Premier League was perfect football for me, but it was quite the opposite. Since the dismissal of Villas-Boas, who was the one that wanted me, everything went upside down. I lost confidence and had a hard time.”

It was Villas-Boas who brought in Soldado in the summer of 2013, and he did start his Tottenham career in acceptable form. He scored in his two opening Premier League games, as well as netting twice on his Europa League debut, and the Spanish forward looked a solid signing.

However, his goals dried up, and Villas-Boas lost his job in December of 2013, meaning that Soldado was burdened to work under Tim Sherwood - and his form fell off a cliff.

Sherwood only used Soldado as a back-up option to Emmanuel Adebayor, and it is no surprise that he struggled to ever find form again.

Granted more opportunities last season under Mauricio Pochettino, Soldado never managed to recover his goalscoring touch, and Spurs sold him in the summer to Villarreal, where he has started in great form.

Soldado never gave up trying at Spurs, and always attempted to give his best for the North London club, but when Villas-Boas left White Hart Lane, he was always going to struggle to truly impress.

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