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  •  GIBBO’S INSIDE VIEW OF SOLDADO

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    Terry Gibson is perfectly placed to run the rule over Roberto Soldado – and he reckons we’ve signed one of the best strikers around.

    Now a highly-respected pundit for Sky’s coverage of La Liga, Terry made his name in the game as a striker himself.

    He made his debut for Spurs aged 17 years, six days in 1980 and made 29 appearances for us in total, scoring 16 goals before hitting 43 goals in 98 games for Coventry, a big move to United and then Wimbledon’s famous Crazy Gang and that famous FA Cup win in 1988.

    He’s been a regular pundit on Sky’s La Liga coverage since 2008 after Sky tapped into his knowledge of the Spanish game following a number of years in Spain as a scout for Bolton and Manchester City.

    That knowledge obviously includes Roberto Soldado, our new signing snapped up from Valencia.

    “I’ve watched Soldado since he was a young player at Real Madrid B,” said Terry, who signed his professional contract at Spurs back in 1980.

    “I remember watching him one weekend play for Real Madrid B against Malaga in the Second Division, he scored the winner on the Saturday and then on the Sunday, he was substitute for the first team, came on and scored the winner in the last minute.

    “From the age of 20, 21, I’ve known he would be a talented player.

    “His record is one goal every two games wherever he’s played, from Osasuna, Getafe to Valencia.

    “I’ve always liked him. He’s got the lot, to be honest. He’s got good touch, great movement, he’s quick enough and can score all types of goals.

    “He gets on the end of crosses and through balls, latching onto that supply from the deep position. He doesn’t miss chances, either.

    “He has an aggressive side as well, an edge to his game where he won’t be bullied and he will mix it with the centre-halves.

    “I’m delighted Spurs have managed to sign him.”