Things have not gone as planned in regards to Roberto Soldado's stay in North London. The Spanish International was brought in from Valencia C.F. as part of the "Bale Seven" in 2013 to shore up the striker position and push Spurs into the Champions League. We were all excited because his numbers were excellent, he had Champions' League experience, and appeared to be absolutely lethal in front of the net. Unfortunately, after two seasons at White Hart Lane, there's no denying that Soldado has been one of our worst signings not just in recent memory, but all time.
He's remained as positive as he can be and is, largely, a fan favorite given his interactions on social media. The problem for the Spaniard, though, is that Harry Kane turned into the destroyer of worlds this past season and his play time was limited to spot starts in cup ties and late substitutions in league play. If there's any proof of just how bad he's been since making the jump in 2013 from La Liga to the Premier League, I give you Exhibit A:
Obviously, that gif doesn't show this past season, but that may be just out of mercy because, as bad as he was in 2013-2014, nothing really improved for 2014-2015. With Spurs needing to unload at least one of Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor, it's starting to look like Soldado is the first to go. The Daily Mail and Mundo Deportivo have reports stating that Villarreal are in for the 30-year-old striker in a bid to bring him back to the league that he torched for four seasons between Getafe and Valencia. While the Mail's report is pretty vague, Mundo Deportivo go as far as to say that the CEO, Fernando Roig Nogueroles, has had several meetings with Soldado's representatives.
There is still some speculation as to how much Spurs actually paid for Bobby, but that horse has been beaten to death. The bottom line is that a move to Spain would benefit all parties here. Spurs would re-coup some of the money lost in the transfer, Soldado would move back to Spain where he thrived, and Villarreal would get a striker that was once a menace in La Liga.
Is there any truth to these rumors? Despite the sources, I'd say there's a pretty high probability that this could happen. It will be sad to see Bobby go just because he's been a class act through two of the toughest years in his career and the fans still support him, but it's necessary to push forward not only to get a transfer fee for him, but to also get his wages off the books.