Tottenham legend believes Sherwood can inspire Soldado like Adebayor

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Tottenham legend and former England striker Martin Chivers believes summer signing Roberto Soldado will come good for Spurs despite a slow start to his career at White Hart Lane.

The 28-year-old Spain striker arrived from Valencia in the summer for £26 million under former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas. He arrived as one of the top scorers in La Liga in his homeland where he scored a sensational 31 goals in all competitions for Valencia.

However, so far this term, Soldado has managed 11 goals in all competitions for Tottenham, six in the Premier League and five in the Europa League which is a concern for Spurs fans as much as the chances he has been missing in front on goal.

Meanwhile, Emmanuel Adebayor had become the forgotten man under Villas-Boas and after returning from a family bereavement and a groin injury, it seemed most likely that the 30-year-old Togo international would be moved on in January but, hold the phones, in December the Portuguese coach was sacked by the club and, under his replacement Tim Sherwood, the striker has been nothing short of a revelation.

Adebayor has scored 11 goals in 15 appearances for Spurs this term and made four assists – all scored following the dismissal of the former manager – he has scored two braces in the league and another in the Europa League under Sherwood.

"Tim Sherwood has certainly done well with Emmanuel Adebayor to give him the confidence and make him grow happy enough to show us what he can do," Chivers told Press Association Sport.

"He has persevered with Soldado and I feel very sorry for him as you can't play him in every game when he is missing goals galore.”

"But we know than he can score goals - you don't suddenly become a bad player, but you have to have the service and I don't think we create that many chances," he added.

Chivers spent eight years at Spurs between 1968 and 1976 making 278 appearances and scoring 118 goals as well as winning the League Cup in 1971, the UEFA Cup in 1972 and the League Cup again in 1973 and he believes Sherwood can replicate his impact on the career and form of Adebayor with a resurgence in the confidence and scoring threat of Roberto Soldado.

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