Exclusive – Stick with Soldado! Former Spurs striker backs misfiring star

first_imgTottenham Hotspur must stick with Roberto Soldado despite his lack of goals, believes Clive Allen.The Spaniard was signed for £26million back in 2013 but managed has managed just one Premier League goal this season and netted only six last season.Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane have picked up the slack with seven goals between them but former White Hart Lane star Allen, who once scored 49 goals across all competitions during one season in north London, believes Soldado can get back on track at Spurs.He told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “[Roberto Soldado] probably hasn’t had as much service as he needs but all of a sudden you can sense the pressure is on.“He had a gilt edged chance the other night which was nodded down by Younes Kaboul and it was one of those as a striker, when you’re in form and full of confidence, you sweep it into the back of the net and he actually heeled it and it trickled through to the goalkeeper.“A man in form, with the ability he has, he should be taking those chances, so you can see his confidence is suffering but I think Spurs have to stick by him.“They’ve been fortunate in the respect that Harry Kane has been scoring consistently and he seems to have made himself the number one pick as a striker for Spurs.”last_img read more

Atletico edge Ozil-less Arsenal on penalties

first_imgAfter Luciano Vietto’s opener for Atletico against the run of play, teenager Smith Rowe hit a dazzling equaliser — his first senior goal — in front of new boss Unai Emery as it finished 1-1 after normal time.Under International Champions Cup rules, the game went straight to penalties where substitute Atletico goalkeeper Antonio Adan starred, saving three before coolly slotting the winner himself.Both sides started with unfamiliar line-ups but Arsenal were the dominant force in the first half before they were hit with a sucker-punch four minutes from the break.In a rare Atletico foray forward, Angel Correa crossed from the byline to his fellow Argentine Vietto, whose header looped past new Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.The German, starting ahead of Petr Cech in goal, otherwise had little to do as Arsenal, employing Emery’s trademark high press, kept Atletico in their own half.French forward Alexandre Lacazette was denied from close range on three occasions, including a full-length save by Atletico’s Jan Oblak after good work from Smith Rowe.But Arsenal struck two minutes into the second half when Smith Rowe curled the equaliser into the top corner from the edge of the box, before being mobbed by his team-mates.Mass substitutions in the last half-hour made for a disjointed finale before the penalty shoot-out.Arsenal, rebuilding under Emery after Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign, are hoping for silverware this season and a return to the Champions League, while Atletico finished second in La Liga behind Barcelona.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Luciano Vietto of Atletico Madrid attempts to get past Arsenal players during their International Champions Cup football match in Singapore © AFP / ROSLAN RAHMANSINGAPORE, Singapore, Jul 26 – New-look Arsenal left out controversy-hit Mesut Ozil but still impressed before they were edged 3-1 on penalties by Europa League champions Atletico Madrid in a friendly on Thursday.Ozil, who caused a furore when he quit German national duty claiming racism, was rested after his World Cup exertions as 17-year-old midfielder Emile Smith Rowe took centre-stage in Singapore.last_img read more