Juan Mata believes that Roberto Soldado has the makings to be a brilliant goalscorer for Tottenham, with the Chelsea playmaker lauding the arrival of some of Spain's best players in the Premier League this summer.
Soldado made the move to Spurs early in the transfer window as Andre Villas-Boas set about overhauling his squad to eventually offset the loss of Gareth Bale.
Tottenham have since benefited from the Spain international's goalscoring, with the 28 year old having scored four times in his first four appearances for the side, and Mata believes he has the makings to be a success in the Premier League.
"I really enjoyed playing with him at Valencia and in the national team," Mata told Sky Sports. "I think he's doing really well.
"Last season at Valencia he scored a lot of goals, and this season he's started really well, like Negredo (at Manchester City)."
With La Liga currently suffering from the consequences of Spain's financial crisis Premier League clubs have been able to take advantage of their willingness to let players go.
Alongside Soldado a host of Spanish stars have made the move and Mata is delighted to have so may players from his homeland in the league.
"Personally I'm very happy to see them here and to play against them every now and then," he explained. "I think it's very good for the league because they are top players - they can score, they can assist and change the game.
"For me Soldado, Navas, Negredo are friends - more than team-mates or rivals - so I'm very happy to see them here. I wish them the best but not when they play against us."
Liverpool were also a club to take advantage of the players on offer in Spain by bringing in Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas.
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