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Villas-Boas: Soldado can be chief Tottenham goalscorer

Real Madrid target Gareth Bale missed the opening game of the season through injury but it did not matter as the 30 million euro signing scored a debut winner.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas backs new signing Roberto Soldado to take on the mantle of goalscorer-in-chief from Gareth Bale.

The Spanish forward, who joined Spurs for 30 million euros from Valencia this summer, bagged the only goal on his debut in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Villas-Boas believes that the new man is ready to rival Bale, who netted 21 times last season and was absent on Sunday with a foot injury, as the club's 20-goals-a-season man.

"Of course - his career speaks for him," the Spurs boss told reporters. "To see him so confidently step up and score on the same side as he did against Espanyol was important for us.

"It was good to see him out there. He created some chances. Not only that but we celebrate our first official penalty after [being awarded none] last season - and even more."


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