Soldado is a Spur
Tottenham Hotspur have today announced the signing of Spanish striker Roberto Soldado for a fee believed to be £26 million.
August 5th, 2013
It smashes their previous transfer record which was established only a month ago when Spurs signed Paulinho. The two are joined by Belgian international Nacer Chadli to make up the three signings so far this summer at a combined cost of about £50 million.
Soldado joins from Valencia where the 28-year old scored 30 goals in 46 appearances last season, helping them into the group stage of this season’s Europa League. Incidentally, that’s one round further than Spurs are currently, with a two-legged play-off game against some as yet undetermined opponents facing them in a couple of weeks.
With such cash being splashed, one can safely assume that the North Londoners are aiming higher next season – with a minimum of a Champions League position in their sights. While their domestic rivals tussle over the likes of Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney, have all the pieces fallen into place for a title attempt?
Well, no, because Gareth Bale is still in the crosshairs. With everyone who’s ever seen a football weighing in on whether or not the young Welshman should seek his fortune in Spain – with one provocative think-piece from Mark Hughes saying it would benefit the national team – doubts remain as to what colour shirt Bale will be wearing come the opening curtain on the new Premier League season. If Spurs can retain his services then surely his efforts and goals will be the vital boost that the new signings can get behind in an effort to make sure they’re at least the top-ranked southern side in May.