Spurs' Spanish striker taking triple English lessons to turn around form

Roberto Soldado working hard to rediscover scoring touch, likely to start in Thursday's match with Dnipro.

After another series of games where he failed to find the back of the net, it is little wonder that Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado is looking at all available methods to drag himself back to any semblance of form.

The Daily Telegraph have reported that not only is the Spaniard putting in extra hours on the training pitch, he is also committed to improving his English in an effort to integrate and become a more prominent figure for the North London outfit.

Soldado hopes that better English, improved through visiting an English tutor three times a week, will lead him to become a bigger influence in the dressing room and become one of the more senior figures on the playing staff.

As a 28-year-old Spanish international, and as the former captain and figurehead of Valencia, the Telegraph reports that Soldado feels he is not able to fully communicate his personality to his teammates, something he revelled in at the Mestalla.

Spurs boss Tim Sherwood feels that it will only be a matter of time for Soldado to break his poor run.

"We're waiting for him to take one and then hopefully the confidence will start flooding back for him," said the former Blackburn captain.

"He's getting the opportunities to score but he just needs to take one.

"He's fine, he trains well and he's a good lad who works hard.

"Yes, he puts them away in training, but as I say it's all about scoring on the big stage and we know he can do it, we've seen him do it over the years so hopefully he'll finish one soon.

"Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later that he puts one in the net."

Sir Alan Sugar was fiercely critical of the former Valencia favourite on Twitter after his big miss against Dnipro last week, labelling the forward "a donkey" and comparing it to Ronny Rosenthal's infamous Liverpool miss from 1992.

Sherwood and Tottenham are likely to start Soldado for Thursday's second leg against Dnipro at White Hart Lane, and will be hoping a goal or two will fire him up to go the way of other big name strikers to make slow starts in the Premier league, Suarez, Drogba and Giroud, who all came good in the end, rather than that of Sergei Rebrov - a former Tottenham record signing whose career never really recovered from his struggles in England.

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