Tottenham's Roberto Soldado Practices Penalty Technique by Playing FIFA 14

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27:  Roberto Soldado of Spurs scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City at White Hart Lane on October 27, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Roberto Soldado is the kind of player who rarely misses a penalty.

Just like Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli, the Tottenham Hotspur striker is famed for sticking the ball away from 12 yards.

How does the Spaniard hone his technique? Does he stay late after training to practice hitting the corner of the net? Not quite.

As posted by Kyle Walker on Twitter and Instagram, Soldado recently sat down to practise his skills with a session of FIFA 14:

Jamie Sanderson of the Metro detailed the occasion, highlighting the player's willingness to improve his effectiveness with a spot of target practice in EA Canada's footballing simulation:

The pair were behind-the-scenes at a FIFA promotional event when Walker caught Soldado taking penalties using himself on the game.

The striker was using the training ground mode in the game to perfect his penalty technique, much to the delight of Walker.

This is not the first time a Premier League striker has been caught playing the game this season.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26:  Romelu Lukaku of Everton celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Everton at Villa Park on October 26, 2013 in Birmingham, England  (Photo by
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As reported by the Daily Mail, Romelu Lukaku was recently snapped with a broken PlayStation 3 controller in his hands.

The Belgian forward—who, incidentally, is a frighteningly physical beast on the latest title—suffered a fit of rage after losing a match against teammate Kevin Mirallas.

Perhaps the Everton powerhouse, who is currently on loan from Chelsea, remained upset about his alleged lack of pace in FIFA 14, as he recently acknowledged on Twitter:

"I hope i'm not the only that had noticed it but i think i'm not quick enough on fifa.. Does ea sports think that i'm slow."

Soldado and Lukaku have netted goals in the Premier League this campaign but have received opposite reviews from onlookers.

Three of Soldado's four goals have been from the penalty spot, per WhoScored. The former Valencia man has struggled to take his chances in open play and continues to stutter with inconsistent form.

His positioning, lack of creativity and sloppy display in Spurs' 1-0 loss to Newcastle highlighted a player who might want to practice his technique away from the spot in FIFA 14.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10:  (L-R) Roberto Soldado of Tottenham Hotspur and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa of Newcastle United challenge for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at White Hart Lane on Novem
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Lukaku, however, has scored five in seven appearances for the Toffees, thrusting Roberto Martinez's team up the table with important goals against West Ham, Newcastle and Aston Villa.

Both players face huge seasons in the Premier League.

While Leyton Orient recently banned their team from playing FIFA 14 on matchdays, per Richard Beech of the Mirror, it looks as if Soldado and Lukaku can benefit from having a blast in the virtual world.