VIDEO: Soldado scores superb volley from Lamela pass in Europa League

Roberto Soldado

Tottenham beat AEL Limassol 2-1 in Cyprus thanks to the flair of substitute Erik Lamela and finishing of Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane.

It is fair to say that Roberto Soldado's career at White Hart Lane has been anything but easy.

The big money move from Valencia last summer was supposed to see the Spanish international bring his strong goalscoring record from La Liga to the Premier League, but in a Spurs season where continuity seemed to be out of the window, Soldado struggled.

It all started so well for the Spaniard too, scoring the winner from the penalty spot against Crystal Palace in his Premier League debut. He then scored a brace against Dinamo Tblisi in the Europa League playoff just four days later, ending his first week of competitive football in North London with three goals in his first two games.

After that though, the goals dried up somewhat. He didn't score in open play in the Premier League until October, and managed just one more goal in open play all season in the English top flight. In Europe, he was a little more successful, netting a hat trick against Anzhi Makhachkala just before Christmas.

And it looks like Soldado has a soft spot for the Europa League, after he netted a wonderful instinctive volley to bring Spurs back into the game against AEL Limassol.

The London side were trailing to an early goal from the Cypriot side, before Erik Lamela's introduction sparked them into life.

The Argentine carried the ball forward, spotting Soldado peel off his marker, before delivering a wonderful ball that the striker could run on to, slamming home a sliding volley past the outstretched hand of goalkeeper Karim Fegrouche. 

Lamela would go on to set up Harry Kane's winning goal just a few minutes later, leaving Tottenham in the driving seat with the return leg at White Hart Lane still to come.

Soldado had earlier in the game looked like he was still not quite managing to find his feet, missing a good chance early on.

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A loss of form and losing his place as first choice striker to Emmanuel Adebayor seemed to dent the 29-year-old's confidence last year, and Soldado finished up with 6 goals in 28 Premier League games (4 of which were penalties) and 11 in 36 overall.

With a couple of strikes in preseason, as well as the outstanding volleyed goal against AEL on his first competitive match in 2014-15, there will be great hope that the Spaniard can banish the ridicule of last season, and prove that he can be a real goal threat in the Premier League.

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