On August 1st 2013, Andre Villas-Boas brought Roberto Soldado to Tottenham Hotspur from Valencia for a fee of £26 million, a fee of that would break their previous record of £17 million.
The striker would be one of the seven players to be bought with the Gareth Bale money but overall he didn’t have the best of careers in north London and was sold to Villarreal two years later after failing to impress.
With his arrival, the Spurs faithful were excited to finally see a striker brought to the club and one that they thought would take them onto bigger and better things.
— Bozza (@AdelaideYid) August 1, 2013
@SpursOfficial yes this guy is world class
— William Rees (@williamrees23) August 1, 2013
— Noz Ahmed (@NozAhmed) August 1, 2013
— RB #JC9 (@rowenavalerie) August 1, 2013
— Julian Soccio (@juliansoccio) August 1, 2013
— Alexander Gludovatz (@Gludinga88) August 1, 2013
@SpursOfficial what a player!
— Ahmed Adel (@Hamidooov) August 1, 2013
The majority of Tottenham fans had been waiting for a striker to take over the first-team spot. During his time with Valencia, Soldado had become one of the best strikers in the league and had scored 24 goals in 35 games for the Spanish side.
The year before that he put in 17 in 32 and with that track record over two seasons, it was understandable that the Tottenham fans would be excited over his arrival.
He started his Tottenham career well too as she scored the winning penalty to beat Crystal Palace and then four days later he scored a brace against FC Dinamo Tbilisi in the Europa League playoff round.
Although he started well, it wouldn’t be a sign of things to come as he failed to provide much attacking threat going forward and only managed to score six goals in his first season at the club – only two coming from open play.
The following year he was even worse as he managed to score just one goal in 24 matches in what was a horrendous campaign. As a result of his shocking two-year spell at the club, he was sold to Villarreal with Spurs making a loss on their original £26 million fee.
Much like many of the ‘Magnificent Seven’, Soldado was pretty poor. He had no pace and provided no attacking threat going forward. In summary, he will go down as one of the worst transfers in Premier League history – a far cry from what the fans were expecting when he joined.