Villarreal striker Roberto Soldado has enjoyed a successful start to his debut season at the Estadio El Madrigal, with the 30-year-old getting off the scoresheet immediately in the Spanish La Liga. Regarded as a Premier League flop for a forgettable two years at Tottenham Hotspur, Soldado looks to have found his feet back in familiar surroundings, and is enjoying his football again.
Seemingly unable to find the back of the net in a Tottenham shirt at times, the former Valencia centre-forward has scored and created four goals in his two league games played this season. For all his struggles in England, the Spain way of life looks to be already paying dividends for the ex-Spurs player. He’s one of the standout players in La Liga early on, and could well be back to his best over the course of the campaign.
Scoring just seven goals in 52 Premier League games for Tottenham, Soldado has openly admitted he was disappointing in England, but is looking to make amends back in Spain. He said: “My performances were not good so I have to accept that. (Critics) are right to say that. I am very happy (with my Spain form) because a striker always wants to score goals, especially after the season I had in England.”
“It is very important the goals are also helping the team to win. My pre-season has not been normal and I need to get fit to give more to the team. I am still far from my best level, but I wish to score more goals and maybe in the future be with the national team again.” Despite boasting seven goals from 12 games for Spain, Soldado’s last international came back in 2013, but there could be an opening this season.
If he can carry on his fine form in La Liga this season, there’s no doubt he’ll come to the attention of national team manager Vicente Del Bosque, and it will be up to him if he makes the cut or not this campaign. Next summer will see the 2016 European Championships taking place, and Soldado will be dreaming of representing his side in attack.
The 30-year-old was one of the best La Liga strikers in his first stint in Spain, scoring 82 goals in 141 games for Valencia, and he has a number of other former clubs under his belt – Real Madrid, Osasuna and Getafe. Soldado looks happy in scoring form for new side Villarreal, so could it see the Spaniard get himself back into the reckoning this season?