When the press aren’t targeting Erik Lamela, they can turn their attention to another easy target in the shape of Roberto Soldado, another Spurs player who hasn’t enjoyed the brightest of starts to his White Hart Lane career.
The Spaniard has a respectable record of 10 goals from 21 games but that can easily be turned against him by those who wish to do so. Of those 10, five have come in Europe while the 28 year old has just one goal from open play in the Premier League.
Coming to Soldado’s defence is head coach Tim Sherwood who is certain the goals will come.
“He will get there if he keeps sticking at it,” Sherwood said.
“He is a good pro. He seems to be all right, he seems to be happy in himself. I would like to give him a few more chances than he had at Arsenal.
“He has been in the game for a long time and he knows where the net is — we don’t have to teach him that.”
The calf injury picked up in the match against Arsenal may keep Soldado on the sidelines but he has the backing of his boss. In the meantime, the question of penalties will arise – half of his goals have come from the spot – but at least Roberto knows how to take one – an art that has escaped some of our strikers over the years.