Gary Neville discusses Roberto Soldado's time at Tottenham Hotspur, jokes about criticism

The former Spurs striker goes up against Neville today.

Gary Neville takes his Valencia side to take on Villarreal at El Madrigal this afternoon as he hopes to pick up his first La Liga win since taking charge of the club.

In order to do so he will need to hope a former Premier League player and old favourite at Valencia does not get the better of his defence.

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado is now with Villarreal and will be hoping to get one over on his former club.

Tottenham signed Soldado from Valencia for £26 million in 2013, as reported by The Independent.

He would also like to score v Neville. During his time at Sky Sports, where he worked as a regular matchday pundit, Soldado came in for criticism from Neville for his Tottenham performances.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference for Valencia TV he had this to say about his previous criticism of Soldado, and the Spaniard's time at Spurs:

"No I said he was fantastic. You'd have to look back through the old tapes. No I don't think so. I don't think I ever gave a really high level of personal criticism to any player when I was on television.

"I genuinely don't. it was always observations. I think sometimes it happens that it works at a club sometimes it doesn't. I think he has got obvious quality and obviously an ex-club legend of Valencia so someone who knows the club.

"From my point of view it was obvious, you could see in England the quality he had. Maybe it didn't work for him perfectly at Tottenham but that's not a reflection of him as a person or as a player that's just sometimes life in football that's the way it goes."

Soldado was undoubtedly a flop at Tottenham, despite his clear ability.

He never suited the Tottenham system and the emergence of Harry Kane pushed him down the pecking order.

Soldado scored just seven league goals for Spurs in two seasons and 16 overall from 76 appearances - the majority of which came from the spot.

He has however bagged five goals in 19 for The Yellow Submarine this season and he will hope to serve Neville a small helping of humble pie this afternoon.

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