Scouting Report: Roberto Soldado

The Tottenham striker was on the scoresheet against Celtic with a confidence-boosting goal that Mauricio Pochettino will hope is a regular occurrence next season
Roberto Soldado stepped up his pre-season preparations with 45 minutes against Scottish champions Celtic in Helsinki.

The former Valencia man started the game and bagged another pre-season goal for Spurs as Mauricio Pochettino's men outclassed the Scottish champions in the first half.

Below, Goal charts the Spurs striker's afternoon from start to finish as well as what the season may hold...


Soldado took just 13 minutes to get off the mark against the Scottish champions, doubling his side’s lead from close range after Craig Gordon had saved his initial shot.

While the Spurs striker might have done better with the initial chance, he was the quickest to react to the loose ball and calmly slotted home to double his side's lead after Harry Kane had opened the scoring.

The former Valencia man almost grabbed his second of the game just minutes later, getting on the end of a cross from Lewis Holtby, before flashing his near-post header just wide.

While Kane looked at times more threatening than Soldado, and certainly had more chances, the Spaniard took his goal well, albeit at the second attempt, before departing at half-time as Pochettino made a host of changes.


After joining Tottenham for £26 million from Valencia in August 2013, Soldado looked set to become the prolific centre-forward that Spurs so desperately craved.

However, the Spaniard managed just six goals in the Premier League, four of those from the penalty spot, and by the end of the season he was left on the bench altogether with young Kane handed a chance to impress.

Expectations of Soldado will undoubtedly be lower this season following his poor showing last year, but an early goal to open his account for the season might just be crucial for his confidence.

A new season and the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino offers Soldado another chance to make his mark at White Hart Lane and prove why he was one of La Liga's most potent goalscorers.

Pochettino's high-energy pressing game should suit him more and with only Emmanuel Adebayor and Lane, currently, competing for a place up front he should certainly have plenty of opportunities to show the Premier League his undoubted quality.


Having shelled out £26m for his services Tottenham will want more than just the 11 goals he managed last season and Soldado is surely capable of scoring 20 goals a season, provided Pochettino can get Spurs playing.

Pre-season goals against Seattle Sounders and now Celtic will go some way to rebuilding his confidence, which looked completely drained by the end of last season and he will be keen to start the season well.

With Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs having strengthened significantly this summer, Spurs again face a battle to break into the top four and will need Soldado to return to his best to have any chance.

The former Spain international has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane this summer and will need to return to his best if Spurs are not to lose patience with their £26m man.