There has been a lot of news coming out of North London today as Spurs announced the signing of Toby Alderweireld, announced the NFL deal, and released new images of the new stadium. However, one person that looks to be on his way out and won't be around for the new stadium is Roberto Soldado.
According to The Guardian, Soldado has told the club that he wishes to leave in search of regular first-team action. The article states that he has spoken directly to those in charge.
Soldado has enjoyed tremendous support from the White Hart Lane crowd since his £26m arrival from Valencia in the summer of 2013 and his attitude has been beyond reproach. But it simply has not worked out for him in front of goal, where his instincts have frequently deserted him.
The Spaniard, 30, has scored only three times from open play in the Premier League, to go with four penalties, while he scored seven goals (one of them a penalty) in the Europa League and two in the Capital One Cup. Under the manager, Mauricio Pochettino, Soldado found his starting opportunities in the league dried up and he has now resolved to find another club.
There has been interest in him from Spain. Tottenham are determined to hold out for a decent fee but they are confident of doing business, not least because of Soldado’s eagerness to move.
The interest that The Guardian is referring to are the growing rumors that Villarreal C.F. has been in contact with the Spaniard's representatives, though there is plenty of concern that Villarreal cannot afford his wages. Spurs apparently are looking to get around £12m for Soldado, which would be impressive at this point.
Soldado, of course, has seen his opportunity to play all but disappear. Harry Kane is the clear cut first choice and the movement of the club appears to be pushing for youth as much as possible, though there has been little talk of Spurs being linked to a young striker outside of Danny Ings. This will probably change now that the Alderweireld saga has come to an end and Spurs can focus on other positions now that the defensive back has been shored up.
This is a move that fits everyone's best interests. Soldado has been praised for his professionalism and positive attitude throughout his time here, but it has been a rocky one, including going through personal tragedy with his family. However, the investment has not been a good one and it's time to move on. Rumors will probably start to fly around the Spaniard as things are at a standstill with Emmanuel Adebayor looking to be happy to ride out his contract on the bench and will be much harder to move.
Godspeed, Bobby Soldier. We hope that you find greener pastures wherever you land.