There are just as many misses as there are hits when it comes to signing so-called star players and sometimes the face just doesn’t fit. This can probably be said of Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado, who cost a princely sum of £26m from Valencia only last summer.
After a very underwhelming first season at Spurs given his enormous price tag, it’s no surprise that Soldado has now been linked with a move back to his native Spain as a possible replacement for the outgoing Diego Costa at Atletico Madrid.
While some Spurs fans will understandably take a sharp intake of breath about the potential financial loss, just look at Liverpool’s upturn in fortunes after they let Andy Carroll depart Anfield.
Here are three potential replacements to fill Soldado’s very modestly sized boots at the Lane next season.
Jay Rodriguez – Southampton
With the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham’s new boss, it’s easy to see J-Rod making the switch to the Lilywhites as well.
Although his Englishness will probably add a £5m premium onto his price tag, he should still cost at least £10m less than they shelled out for Soldado, while he’s four years younger and scored six more goals this season.
Rodriguez was desperately unlucky not to be contributing to England’s 28/1-rated chances of winning the World Cup after suffering a knee injury, but this also goes in Spurs favour.
Loic Remy – QPR
The French international has stated his intentions to join a ‘top six’ club and although Arsenal are thought to be leading the race for his signature, Spurs ought to throw their hat in.
If anyone can thrash out a deal it’s Daniel Levy which may appeal to Remy’s slightly mercenary side, while the French international has proven Premier League pedigree.
Romelu Lukaku – Chelsea
The Belgian battering ram again showed parent club Chelsea what they were missing this season by top scoring for the Toffees, but his rift with Jose Mourinho doesn’t look like being healed.
Even if they can grab Lukaku on loan, he would improve their chances of re-admission to the Premier League top-four club no end.
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