Why should the Premier League be excited about the Valencia striker?
Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur appear to be in a head-to-head race to sign Valencia striker Roberto Soldado this summer as both sides look to improve their attack.
Yet with Soldado playing his entire career to date in the forward’s native Spain, it’s likely that fans from the Premier League will not know much about the 28-year-old.
Therefore fanatix has undergone a statistical analysis of the Los Che hit-man to see just why £20m+ is being linked with the Spaniard.
Soldado is a product of youth system at Real Madrid, breaking into the first team in 2005 and eventually going onto play 11 matches and score two goals in 2005/06 campaign.
Madrid decided to send the striker out on-loan the following season where he impressed during a spell at Osasuna – scoring 11 times 30 La Liga games.
Although Soldado came back to the Santiago Bernabeu on the wave of this success, the Spain international never truly made it at Los Blancos and was sold to Getafe in 2008.
However, it was this move that would ignite the goal-scoring talent in the forward and Soldado went onto net 33 goals in 66 ties at Getafe, earning the attacker an £8.8m switch to the Mestalla Stadium.
With Los Che the Spaniard has continued to flourish, with the front-man excelling as a lone striker who can not only hold up the ball but also has a ruthless eye for goal.
During three seasons at Valencia, Soldado has scored 82 goals in 141 matches which has seen the forward starting to become preferred to Fernando Torres in the Spain national team.
To date the attacker has 11 caps for his country and scored six times, which included two appearances and a goal at the recent Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil.