Tottenham have finally righted the wrongs of the January transfer window by signing the centre-forward they so badly needed. Prolific Valencia striker Roberto Soldado is the £26m man in question and he looks an excellent bet to notch over 13.5 league goals in 2013/14 at 3/4.
Soldado has been one of La Liga’s most reliable goalscorers for some seasons now and he’s notched at least 17 league strikes in each of his last four campaigns.
That he continued to be so prolific at Valencia – whilst the club were repeatedly selling top class talent such as Juan Mata and David Villa to balance their perennially edgy finances – is a testament to his goalscoring instincts.
He will be joining one of the league’s more creative attacking sides in Spurs, who topped the league for both shots and shots on target last term, and recent history has seen the Lilywhites afford their chief goal-getter more than 13 goals in three of the last four campaigns.
Not that Soldado required a surfeit of chances to ripple the onion bag in Spain during the previous campaign, mind you: his 24 goals in 33 starts came from an average of just 2.9 attempts per game.
Having been signed for a fee which smashed the club’s transfer record by a cool £9m, there is little doubt that he will start the campaign as top beak in the striking pecking order at White Hart Lane, with neither Jermain Defoe nor Emmanuel Adebayor convincing enough during 2012/13.
The fact that Aaron Lennon was the only Lilywhite to post as many as seven assists last term may offer cause to worry about the supply line to the Spaniard, but the solo magic of Gareth Bale eroded his colleagues’ assist count to some degree.
Furthermore, just as Bale shared Tottenham’s second-top assister status with four other Spurs players last term, Soldado was the goal-providing runner-up at the Mestalla and not one of his colleagues managed more than six goal-creating interventions.