Tottenham transfers: Four positives to Roberto Soldado’s Spurs move

Tottenham transfers: The Sport Review takes a look at four things Roberto Soldado will bring to his new club

Goals

Quite simply, Roberto Soldado will provide Tottenham Hotspur with regular goals. The Valencia striker has blossomed since moving to the Mestalla from Getafe in 2010. The 28-year-old finished with 17, 18 and 24 goals in his three seasons at Los Che. Andre Villas-Boas’ men were on the cusp of Champions League qualification last term but ultimately a lack of goals – and an over reliance on Gareth Bale – scuppered their top-four ambitions. Spurs netted 66 goals, while their bitter north London rivals Arsenal produced 72 strikes. Soldado, who has signed for a club-record fee reported to be £26m, will help bridge the gap and Villas-Boas will hope the instictive Spanish finisher can fire his side into Europe’s premier club competition.

European pedigree

While Spurs suffered final day heartbreak last term as Arsenal secured the final Champions League spot, Villas-Boas’ squad still have Europa League football to look forward to this term. It will provide Tottenham with the chance to end their wait for European silverware and pit themselves against other Champions League hopefuls. Soldado has plenty of Champions League experience, having featured in the competition with Valencia over the past three seasons. The former Real Madrid forward has scored an impressive 17 goals in 27 appearances in Europe. So, Spurs have a goal-scorer with European pedigree on their hands to complement Adebayor and Defoe.

Will soften Bale departure blow

Tottenham are still battling to keep their talisman Bale, who is the subject of a reported £100m bid from Real Madrid. The Wales international is edging closer to a world-record switch which would deprive Spurs of their best player. But Villas-Boas has acted shrewdly to acquire one of Europe’s most clinical strikers before any deal for Bale is agreed. Soldado has been one of Spain’s most prolific forwards in La Liga over the past three seasons. He is a big-name signing and chairman Daniel Levy will hope the transfer serves to pacify Spurs fans should Bale leave. Judging by the impact of his former Valencia team-mates Juan Mata and David Silva in the Premier League, Soldado shouldn’t take long to settle.

Ease pressure on Adebayor and Defoe

After impressing during a season-long loan in 2011/12, Adebayor was a big disappointment last term. The Togo international failed to repay Spurs for making the striker’s move permanent as the 29-year-old scored a pitiful five Premier League goals. Meanwhile, Jermain Defoe struggled to match his goal-scoring feats of previous seasons as the England international finished with 11 top-flight strikes. Soldado’s arrival will ease the workload on the aforementioned pair. The Spain international, who scored 30 goals in all competitions last season, is a lethal operator in the penalty area and could very well propel Spurs to a four-place finish – if not higher.

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