Sherwood expresses his confidence in Soldado - but should he?

The Spanish striker is suffering from a lack of belief and goals at Tottenham, and has failed to score this year so far.

Tottenham will view their 1-1 draw at Hull on Saturday as two points dropped rather than a point gained, with the north London side having ground to make up in the race for fourth place.

One of the reasons for the failure to gather three points against Steve Bruce’s men was the inability to take their chances in front of goal – with Roberto Soldado one of the main culprits.

Spurs fans reacted with disdain after the Spaniard once more failed to hit the back of the net, with Soldado only scoring five goals so far this season – with only one from open play.

Despite Soldado’s slow start to life at White Hart Lane, Tim Sherwood has refused to criticise the misfiring striker.

"He is a confident lad, and scoring goals is something he has done all is career," the manager said.

"All strikers have barren spells, but I’m sure one goal will open the floodgates. He is a top lad who trains really well, and it won’t be long before something falls his way. One will go in off his backside, and it will turn it all around."

Sherwood’s belief in the ex-Valencia man is admirable – but should Soldado continue to be given a chance in the team?

There is certainly an argument to suggest that the more football Soldado plays, the more adjusted to life in England and Premier League football he will become. The Spaniard has showed in his homeland that he has the ability to score consistently, and has shown glimpses movement off the ball and link-up play to suggest that he has what it takes to score goals for Spurs.

However, with Spurs in a battle with the likes of Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United for fourth place in the table, Sherwood must pick a side that will deliver positive results. With Emmanuel Adebayor as the furthest man forward, at the moment it seems wiser to play the creative Christian Eriksen in the number ten role rather than to partner Soldado with the Togolese marksman.

Also, with the return to fitness of a host of central midfielders, the option to play Mousa Dembele higher up the pitch in place of Soldado is also available.

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