Search

Spurs boss Sherwood explains Soldado struggles and hails Adebayor’s training methods

08:30 03 February 2014

Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor have been paired up front by head coach Tim Sherwood. Picture: Paul Gilham/Getty

Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor have been paired up front by head coach Tim Sherwood. Picture: Paul Gilham/Getty

2013 Getty Images

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood insists that Roberto Soldado is working hard to find the goal trail in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old Spaniard has scored five Premier League goals this season, with all but one coming from the penalty spot.

And Sherwood believes that the striker, who moved to Spurs for £26million in the summer, needs a freak goal to retun to form.

He said: “He is a confident lad when it comes to scoring goals, and scoring goals is something he has done all is career.

“All strikers have barren spells. I’m sure one goal will open the floodgates.

“There isn’t a striker in the game who hasn’t gone through a lean spell at some time or other, but he is a top lad who trains really well and it won’t be long before something falls his way.

“One will come off his backside, and it will turn it all around. That’s what happens for strikers, it’s a confidence thing.”

Soldado’s career, up until this season, has been in La Liga and has found the need to adapt his game for the top flight in England.

And Sherwood insisted that he is not worried by the lack of goals, with his last one coming against Stoke on December 29.

“He is trying really hard, and I’ve no worries about him,” the Spurs boss added.

“I am quite sure he is not worried by what other people think of him. He’s got to be professional in these situations and get on with his job, and that’s what he is doing.

“To be fair, when you arrive from another country and a different league, it takes a while to get used to.

“But I am confident he can be a striker for Tottenham for many years and score loads of goals.”

Soldado was not the only 28-year-old Spanish striker to move to the Premier League this season with Alvaro Negredo moving to Manchester City for £20m.

The former Sevilla man has scored 23 goals in 33 appearances for the Citizens so far this campaign and is a candidate for signing of the season.

But Sherwood, who described City as ‘on a different planet’ after they beat Spurs 5-1 on Wednesday, felt it was an unfair comparison.

He explained: “He’s been playing for Man City, hasn’t he? So it’s not a level playing field.”

Soldado’s troubles have been less felt given the form of Emmanuel Adebayor since he returned to the team.

The Togolese striker, who is renowned as an individual, has scored six goals in the 10 games he’s played under Sherwood, who paid tribute to the unique way he trains.

“He has his own preparation, but I have to say he is very professional in the way he gets himself ready for games,” the Spurs boss said.

“He is so methodical. I am happy to have him here and to see him in such good form.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Sunday, February 7, 2016
Harry Kane (right) has praised Tottenham's head coach Mauricio Pochettino. Pic: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Harry Kane says the speculation about Mauricio Pochettino’s future shows Tottenham “must be doing something right”.

Mesut Oezil  (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal got back to winning ways on Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 win in the Barclays Premier League over AFC Bournemouth at The Vitality Stadium.

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits his players are finally starting to believe they can win the Premier League title.

Kieran Trippier celebrates his winning goal against Watford at White Hart Lane

Kieran Trippier scored his first goal for Tottenham as the Lilywhites secured a 1-0 home win over Watford and climbed to second place in the Premier League table.

Friday, February 5, 2016
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says there are many ways to run a football club and create a successful team, but the key is to show absolute belief in your plan to inspire confidence around you.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham’s decision not to sign a striker in January is part of a long-term strategy which will help them through “a very tough period” during the construction of their new £400million stadium.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says talk is cheap and that actions speak louder than words when it comes to Tottenham’s title chances.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Tottenham's Dele Alli. Pic: PA

Mauricio Pochettino says Dele Alli will undergo tests in an attempt to discover why he felt dizzy against Norwich on Tuesday – but he expects the 19-year-old to be available to face Watford on Saturday.

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe