Player profiles: Soldado, Paulinho and Chadli

Zorro just keeps delivering the goods with profiles of the three new Spurs signings. Enjoy these reviews as we push to review every transfer before the start of the season.


Roberto Soldado

Tottenham broke their own transfer record when they paid 26m for Valencia front man Roberto Soldado, 28, on a 4 year deal.

After passing through Real Madrid’s youth system, he went on to appear in 27 games for the first team scoring 4 goals. During the next nine La Liga seasons he amassed totals of 207 matches and 101 goals, representing Osasuna, Getafe and Valencia.

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In 2010 he signed for his home town club Valencia as a replacement for David Villa who had moved to Barcelona. In the next 3 seasons he played 101 times, scoring 59 goals, a nearly 55.5% goals/games ratio.

Last season he appeared in 35 games, scoring 24 and assisting 4 times. He also got 10 yellow cards.

He was involved in 28 of the goals which improves his contribution/games ratio to 80%. He only had 100 shots at goal, giving a conversion ratio of 24%, surpassing both RVP and Suarez.

He’s a poacher mostly who fires on sight, nearly all of his goals come from inside the box and mostly with his right foot. His link up play, holding/shielding the ball isn’t the best and ideally needs a good #10 nearby. Now Dempsey’s gone, could this be a good year for Siggy too? Just a thought.


This guys the real deal, I think Spurs have got themselves a genuine ‘A’-lister at ‘only’ 26m. At a fantasy price of 9.5m, he has to be worth a look, especially for those fantasy managers that feel RVP’s too expensive.

4 out of Spurs opening games should be easy for them, and the 5th is the North London Derby against the Arsenal and I never look at the form book in derby matches, anything can happen. Go on stick him because if he starts well then his price will rocket as the bandwagon starts.


José Paulo Bezerra Maciel Júnior, known as Paulinho because his full name won’t fit on the shirt, has signed for Tottenham for around 17m from Corintians in Brazil. The 25 year old midfielder is a box-to-box type player that also plays for his country. He played in the Club World Cup final win over Chelsea last year.

Last season he played in 23 matches, scoring 7 goals, assisting 7 times and collected 6 yellow cards. He’s also played 17 times for his country scoring 5 goals and a couple of assists. Maybe you saw his goal in the friendly against England, or the 2 he scored in the ConCup this summer?

This guy is good, great work rate and reading of the game. He’s a good tackler that can bring or longer pass the ball out of defence, link up through the middle of the park as well as creating or scoring at the other end.
We all know that you don’t play and score goals for Brazil if you’re rubbish so if he adapts to the Prem then Spurs have got a bargain. But there’s the rub, Brazilian midfielders don’t exactly have a great record in the Prem…. Having said that, I’m expecting him to do well.

At 17m I’m sure he’s a starter, and Spurs have 4 easy games in their 1st 5, the other is the derby match at Arsenal. If Spurs do sign Soldado then at a fantasy price of only 7m I don’t think he’s too expensive if you want a Spurs midfielder. I think Bale going … and I’m sure he is … will probably give Paulinho more opportunities as he’ll have more space in the middle of the park. He’s also passed 12% ownership in fpl already.

Nacer Chadli

Nacer Chadli, 23, is a winger that Spurs have signed from FC Twente for around 7m. Belgian born and an International he also has Moroccan nationality.

After signing for FC Twente in July 2010 he went on to play 78 league games, scoring 23 goals, assisting 16 times for only 3 yellow cards. For those thinking it’s only Holland, in European competitions he’s played 29 times, scored 11 and assisted 10. Pretty good, eh?

The stats certainly mark him out as a decent player. He’s right footed and his favoured position is the left wing, but can also switch wings or play in the middle if required. When Spurs bought him I was wondering what they were going to do with him being as they already had Bale. Levy doesn’t usually buy 7m benchwarmers, so perhaps Bale’s departure wasn’t such a surprise to the hierarchy after all.

When Bale goes, we’d have to expect him to get his chance because he’s a natural winger and I’d say that he’ll adapt quickly to the Spurs style and the rigours of the Prem too. Apart from Arsenal away I think Spurs have an easy opening run of fixtures and he could do well. Anyone looking for a differential? He’s currently at 0.3% ownership but that’s prior to Bale leaving.

12 thoughts on “Player profiles: Soldado, Paulinho and Chadli

    • I’m surprised he hasn’t been picked more in FPL. RVP is 36%, Soldado is 5%, for now. I’ve chosen him over Dzeko. I think Spurs are going to have a good season!

      • He’s only been there a couple of days & many still have Bale, when Bale goes (hopefully after GW1 has started), his price will jump.

        • SZ, how likely is it that AVB has in mind playing Bale up front with Soldado, Chadli and Lennon on the wings, with fellow brazilians Paulinho and Sandro in the centre?

          If Bale doesn’t go, and I’m not convinced he will, this seems like a pretty mean line up.

  1. Hi Chaps,
    Great Reading! keep it up.

    Would you rate my team pls
    Mignolet (Boruc)
    Mertesacker Caulker Luiz (A Williams & M Connolly)
    Nolan Hazard Chadli Walcott (J Colback)
    Soldado Lambert Altidore

    Thanks muchly :)

    • Hazard Cpt & that’s pretty good mate. After GW1 maybe Luiz>Coleman and then upgrade Colback or Alti’, whichever one’s not bringing in the points. G’luck.

  2. Zorro, how likely to do you think AVB is to let Soldado finish games? Defoe and Ade were subbed quite often last season, do you think we can expect Soldado to play 70-80 minutes as well?

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