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How Good Is: Tottenham and Liverpool Target Roberto Soldado

Posted on Jul 23rd, 2013 by Matt Jackson

Valencia striker Roberto Soldado has been linked with Tottenham for some time, and according to some reports Liverpool have now thrown their hat in to the ring. With his club holding out for £25m plus, does he really justify the fee?

Soldado: World Top 100
At 5ft 10in Soldado isn't the tallest striker in the world, but his strength and physique means he could be well suited to the Premier League and he benefits the team with some excellent hold up play. He would be very well suited to a side where the lone main man has to make time to bring wide players in.

League Record
207 La Liga appearances have brought Soldado 101 goals and 14 assists, giving him a goal contributed for every 125 minutes of game time. Whilst this might not be quite in the same league as the world's very best who generally target the 90 - 100 minute mark it certainly puts him in the category of a top striker and he does appear to be reaching his peak. Last season he scored 24 goals and assisted 4 times (in 35 appearances) a record league haul for him. That gave him a goal for every 105 minutes of game time which is much closer to the standard set by the top 20 or so strikers in the world.

Champions League
Soldado is a prolific Champions League goal scorer. 23 appearances have produced 16 goals and 4 assists which gives him a world class return of a goal contributed for every 82 minutes of game time and puts him just 3 goals short of the making the top 50 all time Champions League goal scorers list. His goal scoring record in other major tournaments definitely shows the hallmarks of a big game player who is at his best in the highest profile matches.

International
At 28 Soldado may have hoped to have more international experience under his belt, but what little time he has had in the Spain team has been well used. 11 appearances have brought him 6 goals. Although he has not yet played at a World Cup or European Championships but did score in the only competitive World Cup qualifier he has appeared in which again underlines the notion of big game mentality.

Our Rating
Soldado comfortably makes the top 100 attacker list, and only just misses out on a top 50 place by the smallest of margins. For a player of his quality the £30m reported to be in his release clause is probably a tad high. Given that he had his best season ever in 2012/13, and produced numbers worthy of a top 20 place with a goal made or scored every 105 minutes of game time we can understand why he currently carries a premium.


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