There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that the Premier League is a difficult league. Its fast paced play and physical nature make it a great deal different to La Liga, for example.
In recent years, players who have switched leagues have taken time to adapt – or have been unable to adapt at all. A fine example of this is Roberto Soldado. A player who set La Liga alight and came to White Hart Lane for £26 million with the burden of filling the hole left by the departure of Gareth Bale. In his opening two games, he scored twice….from the spot. Something he would do on a number of occasions; goals from open play proved a struggle. With just three league goals from open play over the course of two seasons at the Lane, something he managed monthly in LA Liga, it was evident that something was wrong. Since his return to Spain, signing for Villarreal for in the summer of 2015 for a reported fee of £10million, he has matched his open play goal tally in just 13 games – one of those goals coming against Real Madrid!
It is clear that he is not simply ‘rubbish’ or ‘past it’ and that the Premier League was just not suited to his play style. Soldado revealed that he was ‘ashamed’ of his performance in front of goal whilst in a Tottenham shirt. LA Liga is a division he has thrived in in the past and the transition to the English league was just something he couldn’t handle. His most notable appearance in his time at White Hart Lane was arguably his inclusion in the Premier League’s ‘Top Ten Worst Signings of the season.’
Click here to see some of Soldado’s worst moments in his time at Tottenham – http://youtu.be/5AGKmHWmT8k.