Roberto Soldado scores in Villarreal debut
Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado scored in his debut with Villarreal on Sunday evening, as the veteran shows he still has a lot of football left to play.
Soldado finally left White Hart Lane after two abysmal seasons, in which the former Valencia captain was unable to deliver on his €30 transfer fee.
Finally, after two years of failing to solidify a starting spot, an more often than not, a substitute role, Spurs shipped Soldado back to Spain, where he joined Villarreal on a three-year contract and promised to show the fans the old Soldado.
“I want to thank the president for giving me the opportunity to be happy playing football again. I still have a lot of football left in me and I want to give it all to Villarreal.
“I have a very exciting challenge ahead of me to get back to my best. The two years in England were very bad for me. I’m starting all over against and hoping things turn out well. My goal is to work hard and give my all for this shirt. They play at a very high level here and I need to charge my batteries because I’ve seen that my new teammates play at a very high level.”
However, it didn’t take long for Soldado to deliver on his promise as the 30-year-old scored the opening goal for Villarreal in their 2015-16 La Liga season opener against Real Betis, proving that he truly does belong in Spain.
It took Soldado 24 games last season in order to score his first goal.