Roberto Soldado explains his Tottenham departure, pinpoints exactly why he struggled

Roberto Soldado

Roberto Soldado has looked back on his time at Tottenham.

Villarreal striker Roberto Soldado has told The Guardian that he felt his 'head wasn't right' during his time at Tottenham Hotspur.

Villarreal host Liverpool at El Madrigal this evening in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final clash, and Soldado is likely to play a big part.

DR Congo star Cedric Bakambu may be they key man for Marcelino's side, but Soldado has hit eight goals and notched another 11 assists to become a key part of the Villarreal team.

Of course, the 30-year-old's return to Spain last summer came after a torrid spell with Tottenham Hotspur, where he failed to live up to the reputation he built up at Valencia.

After 81 goals in 141 games for Valencia, Soldado mustered just 16 goals in 76 games for Spurs, eventually losing his place to Harry Kane before leaving White Hart Lane for Villarreal.

Ahead of the game against Liverpool this evening, Soldado has been speaking to The Guardian about his own time in England, and he focused on his departure from Spurs.

The Spaniard pinpointed that his head wasn't right whilst he was in North London, and wasn't sure whether it was down to the transfer fee Tottenham paid for him or the expectations he put on himself.

Soldado added that, with his family also struggling to settle in England and his own career stuttering, he simply couldn't stay at Tottenham any longer and had to leave.

"I think in the end what let me down at Tottenham was my head; for whatever reason, it wasn’t right," said Soldado. "Perhaps my transfer fee was big too, [or] maybe the expectations I put on myself put me over the edge in a sense. I found I was getting easy chances on the pitch and I’d miss them; the tiniest things would go against me."

"My family hadn’t completely adapted either and when things aren’t going perfectly for you professionally and you get home and the family aren’t completely happy either, it’s difficult. All these little things, it all mounts up and mounts up until you reach a point when you say: ‘I can’t do this any more.’ So last summer, I said: ‘I need a change, because my head was like this," he added.

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