There have always been doubts over the true striking ability of Valencia’s Roberto Soldado despite the fact that he has been a consistent goal scorer at all of his clubs.
The past five seasons have seen the 28-year-old score 88 goals for his current club Valencia and former club Getafe, but the thought was that somehow he just lacked that killer instinct that you would see in a player such as Barcelona’s David Villa.
While it was fine scoring hat-tricks at the Mestalla against clubs like Hercules it could be the fact that he scored four goals in seven starts for Los Murciélagos in the Champions League last season that caught the eye of Spain’s national team coach Vicente Del Bosque calling him up for the squad to play in the Confederations Cup in Brazil that is taking place right now.
The former Real Madrid player has developed into the traditional number nine target man, and is strong enough to mix it up with the best in the Premiership and with no Champions League football for Valencia next season, and with the club burdened by debts you could see Soldado leave Spain this summer.
“I’m very happy at Valencia but will not close the door to anything,” said Soldado.
“I know that some of my Spain team-mates have left La Liga and done very well.
“The Premier League and the Bundesliga are very attractive for any player and we would all like to enjoy something there.”
Have a look at the finishing in this goal Soldado scored for Spain last week against Uruguay, and with Tottenham’s Andres Villas-Boas being a huge admirer and a price tag of around $13 million a move to Spurs or another Premiership side is very much on the cards,