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Roberto Soldado is beaten to the ball in the air.
Roberto Soldado had one of his livelier outings for Spurs this season versus Cardiff.
Three of his four shots were on target. If you were being a little harsh, you could say he should have have scored at least one of them. That, though, would be a disservice to a superb performance from David Marshall in the Cardiff goal.
Overall it was a positive display from Soldado. The striker got into some terrific scoring positions and on a couple of occasions displayed superb reactions—notably for a rebound to Gylfi Sigurdsson's shot off the crossbar that almost caught Marshall out.
Spurs still need to find a way of involving the Spaniard more.
It is encouraging so many of their midfielders are comfortable in firing off long shots. It offers a different aspect to the Spurs attack beyond their main passing game (particularly with Gareth Bale now gone) and ensures they retain a threat even against tough defenses.
Occasionally though, a little more patience in possession would certainly be appreciated by the Spaniard. In these moments he is getting bypassed, and for that passage of play it renders him temporarily obsolete.
Still, it is early days and it would be overly harsh to knock Spurs' work going forward, especially after a win.
One option Villas-Boas might consider in helping Soldado if things do not improve is by providing a foil for him to work off of.
The chief candidate here might be Harry Kane.
The England youth striker came on for the last 12 minutes wide left in attack. As well as providing a mobile physical presence, he linked up well with his teammates as Spurs took hold of the game again following a Cardiff-heavy period of play.
With Emmanuel Adebayor out of favour right now, Kane has a chance to prove himself. At least as an impact substitution, using him might be a decision Villas-Boas begins to make more frequently.