One goal certainly doesn’t save a career but in a slow international week, Roberto Soldado continues to claim more than his fair share of headlines following his winner against Cardiff. The relief for fans and player was evident after his first half strike saw off a stubborn Cardiff side and the Spaniard was quick to praise the response.

“I’m speechless. The reaction really meant a lot to me,” Robbie said after the match. “The fans were unbelievable all the way through and my team-mates as well. They’ve really supported me throughout this period. I’m feeling really good.’’

Comments flooded in from elsewhere with Jan Vertonghen claiming that his team mate had been unlucky at times while Head Coach Tim Sherwood set the striker a total goals target of 20 for the season.

The player has also been quite vocal and Soldado hinted at a possible key to a successful season at White Hart Lane in 2014-15.

“Sherwood started with 4-4-2 and we played together. Then he changed it to 4-2-3-1 and I spent some games on the bench but I’ve played the last two games with [Adebayor] and I feel fine. Adebayor makes my job much easier,” Soldado told a radio station back in his homeland.

The Soldado / Adebayor partnership had worked well early on although Ade was the only one benefitting from it. Is it dangerous to rely on these two for the future or can they really approach the 40 goals a season that we really need to compete with the top four?

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