Sherwood: 'I have stuck by him and I believe he will come good'

Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has backed underwhelming striker Roberto Soldado to still hit his target this season, despite the slow start.

He is a striker with such an impeccable record in La Liga and at international level and because of that, I don't believe anyone would have expected Soldado to be so quiet in his first season at White Hart Lane.

It's been a harsh lesson for both Tottenham and Soldado, but I feel it's a situation that can be turned around, either this season or next. And Tim Sherwood remarked the same opinion.

Speaking on the strikers form and what the goal against Cardiff could do for his confidence, the Spurs manager said: 'Obviously you look at history with Robbie because he hasn't done it in the Premier League.

'But your looking, he scored in the very, very top league in Spain and you know what he is capable of.

'But if he wasn't showing any desire in training, and any real belief that he can turn it around I would have left him out.'

'But yeah, I have stuck by him and I believe that he will come good and I still maintain that.

'It is just one goal, and I know he has scored a few goals previously, but I'm just hoping this is a platform for him to go on and score twenty goals between now and the end of the season'

After losing his place in the Spain national squad, despite a record of seven goals in 12 games for them, he really does need to find form and work hard to change the Del Bosque's opinion.

He only had 10 Premier League games to do it, so it may require 'Suarez-like' form to manage it. But with Spurs in the hunt for fourth place, that may just be what they need right now. 

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