Soldado can ease Bale pressure at Tottenham, says Dawson
Tottenham Hotspur captain Michael Dawson believes Roberto Soldado can ease the pressure on Gareth Bale to score goals, the Daily Express has reported.
Soldado moved to Spurs from Valencia in a club record £26m deal and scored on his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace, converting a penalty after Aaron Lennon drew a handball from Palace defender Dean Moxey.
Last season saw Bale in sublime goal scoring form - so sublime, in fact, he has drawn intense interest from Real Madrid amid the belief that the Wales winger will eventually move to La Liga. But Dawson believes Soldado’s goal at Selhurst Park will be the first of many for the Spain international, regardless of Bale’s future.
“The goals Gareth scored were unbelievable but he couldn’t have done that on his own and I think he would be the first to say that,” Dawson said. “We have brought in players who can take us to the next level.”
Soldado is just one of a number of Tottenham signings this summer, joining the likes of Etienne Capoue, Paulinho and Nacer Chadli in signing in at White Hart Lane. Soldado was previously a Real Madrid player but failed to make the grade, eventually establishing himself away from the Santiago Bernabeu with 114 goals in just over 200 games at Getafe and Valencia.
“Roberto has been in a week or so and played (in the friendly) against Espanyol,” Dawson added. “The fans saw a little bit of his quality then and I’m sure he will score plenty of goals for us in the Premier League.
“You look at his movement. He can send you one way and then another. He is a top player, a top signing. You want to keep improving as a club and that’s what we’ve done this summer. Now it’s up to us to go out there and perform. You can never stand still - you always want to improve on the year before.”
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