For a striker with such pedigree, Roberto Soldado’s tally of international caps is scant reward but after playing in the shadow of others for so long, the Spaniard’s move to Spurs just may spark an extended run at full level.
Roberto’s appearance for the full Spanish side against Switzerland in Chile was his 12th in total since his debut against Latvia in 2007 but he played in an era where ousting the likes of Fernando Torres and David Villa proved impossible for him, and many others.
Now, with Torres in a slump and Villa returning after a long injury lay off, Soldado is back in favour and with an overall record of seven goals in those 12 games, he could become a permanent fixture in the team.
All of those goals have come following Soldado’s international recall in 2012 and the latest is this bullet header from yesterday evening. It’s reminiscent of Alan Gilzean or Garth Crooks for those of us old enough to remember them and let’s hope there are plenty more in domestic football this season.