Roberto Soldado's goal record shows why Tottenham were right to get what they could for him.
Roberto Soldado scored a winner for Villarreal last night to give the La Liga side a victory away to Eibar.
Soldado joined the La Liga side back in August after two disappointing seasons at Tottenham Hotspur, and despite his goal last night, he has not shown the Premier League side they were wrong to cash in.
The goal against Eibar was just Soldado's fifth in La Liga this season, in 26 games, of which 25 have been starts.
With a further three goals in 10 appearances in the Europa League and Copa del Rey, eight goals in 36 matches is not the sort of return the Spaniard would have wanted.
He arrived at Tottenham with a big reputation, for a fee of £26 million The BBC reported, and a regular in the Spain international squad, having netted more than 20 goals in four consecutive seasons at Valencia.
Within a year he had missed out on the La Roja World Cup squad after just six league goals, and followed that up with an even more disappointing return in 2015/16 - one Premier League goal.
His confidence was shot, and it was time to go, and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy cashed in, selling him to Villarreal for £12 million.
Upon returning to Spain, Soldado had an instant impact, scoring twice in his first two games. It looked as though he had rediscovered his old touch.
Perhaps he had, but it quickly disappeared. Between August 28 and last night, Soldado had only scored two league goals.
He could have a flourish to end the season, but it will be too little too late to show Tottenham that they made a big mistake.
Arguments in favour of keeping him would be placed in the context of Spurs failing to add an extra striker themselves, rather than what the 30-year-old would have been able to add.