Roberto Soldado
Soldado rediscovered his scoring touch against Aston Villa. (Reuters)

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel has likened teammate Roberto Soldado to Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler.

The former Valencia striker added his fifth goal for Spurs in all competitions in a 2-0 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park with a superbly taken finish to cap a wonderful flowing move from Andre Villas-Boas' side.

It may have been the Spaniard's first Premier League goal from open play this season, but his composure and ruthless touch in front of goal reminds Friedel of Fowler, whose unerring finishing saw him rack up 167 Premier League goals.

"If you saw Soldado day to day in training, believe me I don't think anyone would be worried," Friedel, who played alongside Fowler at Anfield following his arrival on Merseyside in 1997, told talkSPORT.

"He's an excellent finisher; he's very, very similar to Robbie Fowler who I played with before. He's got that short back lift and he scores goals for fun."

The Spain international doubled his side's lead following a first half opener from Andros Townsend with 21 minutes remaining as Tottenham hauled themselves back up to fifth in the Premier League.

Soldado got his Spurs career of to a prolific start, scoring winning penalties against Crystal Palace and Swansea in consecutive 1-0 wins at the beginning of the season, having scored a brace for the club in-between those games in a Europa League win over Dinamo Tbilisi.

Until his goal against Villa, the striker had failed to find the back of the net since then and was left on the bench for the start of a Premier League game for the first time for Tottenham's 3-0 hammering at the hands of West Ham.

But upon his return to a starting berth the £26.5m summer signing rediscovered his scoring touch, also earning the praise from former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker, who was quick to acknowledge the Spaniard's impressive goal scoring traits.