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Should Tottenham Hotspur Persist with Harry Kane over Roberto Soldado?

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentNovember 3, 2016

Should Tottenham Hotspur Persist with Harry Kane over Roberto Soldado?

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    Tottenham Hotspur centre-forward Harry Kane started and finished Spurs' last Premier League game of the season in a 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, while £26 million-valued No. 9 Roberto Soldado once again was left wondering what could have been. 

    Spurs manager Tim Sherwood has elevated Kane's career, but what happens if Sherwood is sacked?

    Should Spurs continue to persist with Kane over Soldado next season? 

Harry Kane's Potential

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    Harry Kane's potential has always been there as evident with his displays for Peter Taylor's 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup squad. 

    While Everton central attacking midfielder Ross Barkley was the only Englishman identified as a "key player" by the FIFA technical study group, Kane showed promise. 

    He had more assists (two) than Florian Thauvin of France (one), Gerard Deulofeu of Spain (one) and Juan Quintero of Colombia (one), per FIFA.com

    Former Spurs managers Andre Villas-Boas and Harry Redknapp did not instil trust into Kane, as current manager Tim Sherwood has. 

    "Tim knew what I could do, I have known him for a while and he has seen me score goals before," Kane said, per Colin Mafham at the Daily Express. "He [Sherwood] gave me a chance here."

    Kane receiving an extended run in the first team has come at the expense of Roberto Soldado. 

Out with Roberto Soldado?

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    Tottenham Hotspur centre-forward Roberto Soldado has had a forlorn campaign. 

    With the miss against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, the inability to score consistently from open play and spending periods of the season warming the bench, Soldado is turning into the Spanish Sergey Rebrov.

    Signed for a then-Spurs record transfer fee of £11 million from Dynamo Kiev in 2000, Rebrov was expected to set the Premier League alight. 

    Three years later, the buzz word to describe Rebrov was "misfit." 

    "Charlton could offer a Premiership lifeline to Tottenham misfit Sergei Rebrov," per Stuart Roach at BBC Sport

    "Fulham's pursuit of Tottenham misfit Sergei Rebrov has dramatically became a two-horse race with Fenerbahce rejoining the chase for the Ukraine striker," per the Guardian.

    "Tottenham Hotspur misfit Sergei Rebrov has been in training with Championship side West Ham United this pre-season," per Simon Fudge at Sky Sports

    "Valencia target misfit Rebrov," per Steve Stammers at the London Evening Standard

    Soldado, who scored 59 goals in 101 La Liga games for Valencia, is a misfit in the Premier League. 

Harry Kane vs. Roberto Soldado

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    League OnlyKaneSoldado
       
    Goals/Games3/106/28
    Goals Per Game0.300.21
    Shots Per Goal9.39.7
    Assists05
    Key Passes Per Game0.71.0
    Pass Completion %76.976.3
       

    With the exception of assists, it has to be a concern for Tottenham Hotspur management that Roberto Soldado's statistics are in the ballpark of Harry Kane.

    Despite playing 18 more Premier League games this season, Soldado has only scored two more goals than Kane. 

    The problem with Soldado is he has no burst of pace, turned into a volume shooter, passes when he should shoot and lacks the toughness to succeed in the Premier League. 

    He is a great player, but does not fit in the Premier League, as was the case with former Don Balon Spanish Player of the Year Borja Valero. He flopped at West Bromwich Albion, rebuilt his career in Spain at Villarreal and is now one of the best passers in Serie A with Fiorentina

    But would Spurs be replacing Soldado with a can't-miss prospect in Kane?

    No. 

    Kane is rough around the edges when it comes to finishing and he needs to be more assertive. That said, at 20 years of age, he has a higher upside than the 28-year-old Soldado.

    Spurs should consider giving Kane a fair chance next season if his safety net in Tim Sherwood is removed.

     

    @allanjianga

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