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Spurs: Where is Roberto Soldado now?

Tottenham Hotspur have been no stranger to the odd transfer blunder over the years, with one notable period, in particular, having seen the north Londoners make a string of costly mistakes in the market.

That dismal spell came following the £85m departure of former talisman Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in the summer of 2013, with then-boss Andre Villas-Boas subsequently splashing the cash on seven new arrivals having been bolstered by that influx of funds, only for the majority of those moves to ultimately backfire.

One figure from that infamous ‘magnificent seven’ was striker Roberto Soldado, with the Spaniard having been snapped up from La Liga side Valencia for a reported fee of around £26m, having recorded an impressive tally of 82 goals in just 141 games at his former club.

The then 28-year-old had made a solid start to life in England after scoring two goals in his opening two Premier League games, although would end his debut season with just 11 goals in all competitions – five of which had come in the Europa League.

One notable display, in particular, during the 6-0 defeat to Manchester City saw the 12-cap dud come in for severe criticism, with Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville stating: “He doesn’t make anywhere near enough runs. He’s got to adapt quickly. I’m not sure he wants to become alive until the ball reaches the 18-yard box.”

The following campaign would prove even dourer amid the emergence of a certain Harry Kane, with Soldado netting just five times across all fronts having seen his involvement reduced, with only one of those efforts having come in the league.

That dismal form saw the former Real Madrid man ultimately moved on at the end of that 2014/15 season, having scored just seven league goals across his two campaigns with the Lilywhites – four of which had come from the penalty spot.

His subsequent exit to Villarreal saw Daniel Levy forced to take a notable hit on his initial investment as the struggling marksman was sold for just £10m, joining the likes of Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches and Paulinho in departing the club just two years after their Bale-funded arrival.

The 5 foot 10 striker would go on to underwhelm for the Yellow Submarine as he scored just 12 goals in 55 appearances – albeit while laying on 19 assists – before joining Turkish outfit Fenerbahce in 2017.

A steady, yet far from prolific two-year spell in Istanbul ensured for the ageing forward as he scored 19 goals and provided 11 assists in 59 games, before returning to his homeland to join Granada where he bagged just 25 goals in 80 appearances.

The veteran dud was snapped up by Levante last summer, although the 37-year-old has scored just seven goals for the club since then, with the Spanish outfit currently plying their trade in the second tier after last season’s relegation.

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