Case of Soriano: An accomplished frontman overlooked for so long
Despite racking up a superb tally of 120 goals in only 144 games since moving to Austria in 2012, little to nothing is heard about the man whom Red Bull Salzburg call their skipper.
So far this season, Jonathan Soriano has managed to score 16 goals in all competitions while providing nine assists in the process, even though he has endured his fair share of injury problems.
Indeed, the Spaniard finished sixth in last year’s European golden boot rankings behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Neymar and Luis Suarez after scoring 31 goals in 28 games while racking up 17 assists.
Therefore, as impressive as his numbers are, it is quite puzzling that Soriano is yet to earn a senior cap for Spain or ply his trade in one of the major leagues.
His taste of international football has been limited to representing La Roja in junior competitions where his tally was still a staggering 28 goals in just 26 games from U-17 through U-21 levels.
In an ideal world, Soriano would be leading the line for his country, considering the fact that the frontline of Spain’s national team no longer terrorizes defenses the way it did prior to the international retirement of David Villa.
With those spectacular numbers – albeit in a weaker Austrian league – what more does Soriano need to do to catch the attention of one of Europe’s big clubs?
Despite being a proven predator who is perhaps too gifted to be earning a living in the Austrian top flight, Soriano remains an overlooked option in the transfer market, even for mid-table clubs in the major leagues.
The Spaniard is not the fastest of strikers, but through his clinical finishing, eye for goal from free-kicks and willingness to collaborate with his teammates – a quality highlighted by his numerous assists – Soriano is definitely a step above the average striker in Europe.
At 31, he is not too far away from the latter years of his career but that is what would keep Soriano’s price tag as low as possible for any suitors.
Soriano is a vastly underrated goalscorer who is still producing the goods in the Austrian Bundesliga. And ahead of the January transfer window, his admirers will hope that a shrewd manager somewhere may soon realize the potential of this Spanish asset.http://www.mediareferee.com/2016/12/case-of-soriano-an-accomplished-frontman-overlooked-for-so-long/Post