Photo: Roberto Soldado celebrates scoring for Villarreal, while former club Tottenham sink to defeat

Roberto Soldado

On a night where Tottenham slipped to defeat, former striker Roberto Soldado showed his effectiveness for Villarreal.

Roberto Soldado was mobbed by Villarreal teammates after putting his side 3-0 up in their Europa League fixture.

Soldado's goal helped Villarreal easily beat Belarussian side Dinamo Minsk, continuing his side's strong start to the season, with the Europa League encounter finishing 4-0.

The striker instantly re-adapted to life back in Spain, becoming a fan favourite at El Madrigal, but his performances had taken a dip over the past month.

He scored twice in his first two games, suggesting departing Tottenham was the right move, but has struggled since then, failing to net in five consecutive La Liga games.

Last night's goal was his third of the season in nine total appearances in all competitions, and gets him back on the right track.

Former club Tottenham Hotspur slipped to a 2-1 away loss to Anderlecht last night, with striker Harry Kane left on the bench.

Kane was brought on late in the game but could not rescue his side. At first glance with Soldado scoring on the same night, it could be suggested that Tottenham could have done with him in the side.

And perhaps on a one off night he may have been useful, but Spurs fans have seen how the story ends at the club with the Spaniard, and his failure to produce - with inconsistency marring his early good start at Villarreal.

The real problem was not letting him go, but the inability to replace him in the summer with another out and out striker.

Pressure is rising on Harry Kane, and with Clinton N'Jie starting slowly and Nacer Chadli and Heung-Min Son out of action with injuries, Tottenham's options in forward positions appear predictably thin. 

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