‘Defoe and Soldado can shine together for Tottenham’

Chris Waddle says Andre Villas-Boas should deploy Roberto Soldado alongside Jermain Defoe up front for Tottenham

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Tottenham signed Roberto Soldado from Valencia this summer Photo: Tottenham Hotspur

Chris Waddle believes that Andre Villas-Boas should deploy Roberto Soldado alongside Jermain Defoe up front for Tottenham this season.

Much has been made of Spurs’ lack of goals in recent weeks, with the north London side only managing two strikes in their last three games.

Defoe has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane, despite the player’s insistence that he wants to stay at the club.

And former Tottenham midfielder Waddle feels that the England international should be given a chance to shine alongside Soldado in the coming weeks.

“It’s tricky, because if you give Defoe a start in the Premier League and drop Soldado to the bench, it will hurt his confidence,” Waddle told the London Evening Standard.

“I think all Soldado needs is a run of goals to get him off the mark, boost his confidence. He cost a lot of money so that could be burdening him slightly, but I think he needs time to adjust to a faster game.

“I’m actually quite surprised that Andre hasn’t started both of them up front together in a 4-4-2 setup, especially at White Hart Lane. When you are the home side, you need goals so I think he should try them out together.”

Tottenham are currently seventh in the Premier League table, five points behind early pace-setters Arsenal.

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