Scouting Rumoured Tottenham Transfer Target Roberto Soldado

Frank Wagner@Fw1812Correspondent IJune 6, 2013

VALENCIA, SPAIN - APRIL 07:  Roberto Soldado of Valencia reacts during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Real Valladolid CF at Estadio Mestalla on April 7, 2013 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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With the summer transfer window fast approaching, Tottenham have recently been linked with Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, via the Telegraph.

The Spaniard is an interesting target for Spurs, who are in need of an overhaul at the front of their squad.

However, supporters of the London club may not be as familiar with Soldado as they are with some of the other transfer targets who ply their trade in England.

Hence, it seems pertinent to give a rundown of the striker's career thus far and his potential worth at White Hart Lane.

After coming through the Real Madrid youth academy, Soldado made a step up to the Spanish club's B team at the age of 17 in 2002.

There, Soldado lit it up, scoring 63 goals in 120 league appearances and earning a place in the first team.

However, the striker failed to impress for the giant club, scoring just four goals in just over two seasons for Madrid and thriving more when on loan at Osasuna.

Thus, Madrid sold Soldado on to fellow La Liga side Getafe in 2008 for a €4 million fee.

There, the Spaniard was able to compile a formidable record of 33 goals in 66 matches over two seasons.

In 2010, Getafe sold Soldado to his hometown Valencia in a move that would change his career. 

Coincidentally, the move was made by Valencia in order to replace a departing David Villa, who is another big target for Tottenham this summer. However, the Spanish club may have made a step up with that swap.

Over the past three seasons, Soldado has stepped out and established himself as one of the best, yet least talked about, strikers in the world.

While the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been rewriting the La Liga record books, Soldado has quietly accrued 82 goals over all competitions at Valencia, finishing fifth and sixth in Champions League scoring in 2010-11 and 2011-12, respectively.

This past season, Soldado's 30 goals were enough to outscore Tottenham's entire striking unit (which, to be fair, only consisted of Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor).

Despite his fine play, though, Valencia finished the season in fifth place in La Liga, one spot short of a Champions League berth.

Thus, the striker has become linked with a move away from Mestalla.

With their desperate need for a striker, Tottenham could be served very well to acquire Roberto Soldado this summer.

His abilities in holding the ball up and finishing chances are obviously things the club could do with in their pursuit of improvement.

However, the only caveat may be the price Spurs might need to pay in order to gain Soldado's services, as there are already murmurs that it might break the club's previous transfer record, via the Daily Mail

Factor in the fact that Soldado is already 28 years old and one might begin to question the wisdom of the deal.

Then again, after seeing how it affected Tottenham over these past few months, it is tough to put a price on a capable striker up front.


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