So far it’s been a season to forget for Spurs, the severe lack of the goals coming from the teams strikers is one of the main reasons they are languishing in sixth. The most obvious person to blame for the lack of goals is the £26 million striker Roberto Soldado who has only contributed 5 Premier League goals this season, with only one of them not being a penalty.
It’s been far from an easy start to life in England for the marksmen and I’m going to analyse the reasons why he hasn’t found the net as often as he would have liked to this season.
From the outside, it’s easy to blame Soldado for Spurs’ lack of goals but I believe that AVB and the players around him was the main reason he struggled to find the net earlier in the season. Under AVB, Spurs employed a 4-2-3-1 formation and this simply does not suit Soldado.
He is a striker who thrives on crosses into the box but with AVB’s inverted wingers this never happened meaning he was starved of any form of service and was living off scraps. Soldado’s best games this season have been when he is part of a 4-4-2 formation and has Christian Eriksen and Aaron Lennon supplying him.
Although he has still struggled to find the net Soldado has had so many more chances than when AVB was in charge. Aside from his obvious lack of goals Soldado has actually been very good for Spurs in terms of holding up the ball and playing a key pass to help his team, most evident in both games against Manchester United this season.
Of course he has to take some of the blame himself. As mentioned earlier he has had a lot more chances recently but has still failed to find the net. A positive about this is that he is getting himself into the positions and is receiving the ball in dangerous areas he just needs to regain his final touch and this comes with confidence. The game on Saturday against Hull really highlighted his lack of confidence at the moment and it’s a mystery amongst spurs how he wasn’t subbed off.
For me all Bobby needs is a couple of goals from open play against decent opposition to really boost his confidence and get back to form. It’s clear from his time at Valencia he is not a bad player by any stretch of the imagination and all he needs is for the players around him to supply him and Spurs will have themselves a great goal scorer.