Leaving Tottenham was the best thing Soldado and Paulinho ever did

Roberto Soldado

Roberto Soldado and Paulinho are thriving away from Tottenham Hotspur, after performing poorly for the club.

Tottenham suffered a 2-1 home defeat against Newcastle at the weekend, and hours later former striker Roberto Soldado netted a winner for Villarreal against Real Madrid.

The lazy assertion to make would be that there was a correlation between the two and Spurs miss him, but they do not, and instead his exit is a deal which has worked out for all concerned.

Soldado is thriving in Spain, looking almost like the player Tottenham paid millions for. After two seasons in North London it was evident that he was regressing at the club, and would not be of much use this coming campaign.

The Spaniard appeared anything but a mercenary just keen to pick up his paycheck. He came across as an honest professional, who for various reasons just could not do it in the Premier League, blasted out of the water by the emergence of Harry Kane last season.

Moving on was a smart move, and he is getting regular game time as a starter for Villarreal, and making the most of it. Soldado has five goals and seven assists already this season, and looks hungry for more.

He is not the only player to be flourishing after a summer exit from White Hart Lane. Most fans were stunned when the club managed to recoup more than half of the fee paid for Paulinho as he was sold to Guangzhao Evergrande in China.

Paulinho was even less valuable to Tottenham than Soldado, who it could be argued was sold despite striker being a position of need.

In central midfield Spurs are flush with talent, and were better off giving younger players opportunities rather than inconsistent big money signings.

Paulinho now has a chance to cause an unlikely upset. His side are into the semi-finals of the Club World Cup where they will face Barcelona, after he scored the winning goal to set up the fixture.

Not many will give the Chinese side a chance and rightly so, but Paulinho has already helped his team to a friendly victory over Bayern Munich since arriving.

Financially he is raking it in after moving to China, and will not be missing sitting on the Spurs bench.

Moving on was best for both Paulinho and Roberto Soldado, while despite their surprise weekend loss, Tottenham look a stronger side too.

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