Roberto Soldado has received a confidence boost as his manager has confirmed that the striker has a future at Tottenham Hotspur, reports talkSPORT. The attacker has been underperforming for Spurs since signing for the North London club last season, but it is hoped that he can turn his fortunes around in the 2014/15 campaign.
Speaking about his forward, Mauricio Pochettino would not be pushed into a negative assessment. The player has been left out of recent first-teams through injury, despite rumours that he is headed for the exit door. ‘He is not in the squad because he has a problem with his neck and back. He is part of my plans for the future,’ said Pochettino of the situation.
Soldado was brought into Tottenham last summer for a club record fee of £26 million – he was Andre Vilas Boas’ marquee signing in the wake of the world record sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. However, with just 6 Premier League goals to his name last season, the Spanish striker failed to deliver anywhere close to the expectations of him.
As a result he has consistently been linked with moves to other top European clubs, reportedly in search of a fresh start. However, with the arrival of Pochettino at White Hart Lane this summer, Tottenham is a revitalised club, and it could be a place at which Soldado is able to rediscover his form. The striker has not been a starting feature in the side’s two opening Premier League wins, but he is expected to return to the fold when he is free of injury.