Tottenham boss Pochettino offers backing to Soldado

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has backed much-criticised striker Roberto Soldado to start hitting the back of the net regularly and end his ongoing problems in front of goal, Sky Sports has reported.

The Spaniard was brought to White Hart Lane for £26m from Valencia in the summer of 2013, but despite his hugely impressive scoring record in La Liga, he has endured a difficult time in England thus far, scoring just six Premier League goals in 34 games. Indeed, he is without a goal in any competition since the Capital One Cup tie against Nottingham Forest in September.

Soldado continues be given chances by Pochettino to regain his scoring touch as he competes with Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane for a place in the team, with the manager still believing that his fortunes can change.

“We need to give him the chances to play again and keep him calm,’ said Pochettino. ‘A striker always wants to score but against Partizan Belgrade (on Thursday) he created chances pretty well and was unlucky in front of goal. Maybe next time he will score.

“In football it’s always mental and emotions, performances, physical condition, all these things affect your performance, but his performance was very good. For me, he was unlucky with his finishing.”

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