Tottenham - Sherwood backs his 'unlucky' striker

Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado kicking off for Tottenham

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood says Roberto Soldado has simply been 'unlucky' with fixtures lately.

The Spaniard, who joined Spurs for a hefty £26m fee last summer, has scored just six goals in 24 Premier League fixtures so far this season - but did net the winner for Tottenham against Cardiff City 3 weeks ago. That goal, Sherwood hoped, was going to be a turning point for the 28-year-old, but not so - the striker hasn't scored since.

Tottenham's boss, however, insists that Soldado's lack of goals is simply down to an unfortunate run of fixtures.

'If I rewind a little bit, he scored against Cardiff and he’s really unlucky how the fixtures fell after that', Sherwood told reporters on Friday.

'We had to go away at the Bridge and you can’t play with two up front there, you’ll get murdered.....

'If we had played at home against one of the teams lower he probably would have still played and maybe got into a rhythm. Players have to play with a rhythm but he’s unfortunate that the next three games after, I couldn’t play with two strikers and Adebayor was the one.

'He’s not dying. He’s just in a barren spell. He knows that'.

Tottenham host Southampton on Sunday and know they need a result if they are to keep the pressure on those around them. Tottenham could find themselves in sixth place going into the game if Everton win on Saturday, while a Manchester United win would leave Tottenham just two points off seventh.

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