Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood believes that Roberto Soldado will soon reverse his woeful run of form.
The 28-year-old striker was signed from Valencia last summer in a then club record £26m deal and was widely tipped to be the man to provide the goalscoring threat from a central attacking role that Spurs had been missing for some time.
However, despite having a good record in Spain, Soldado has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League.
Even though he has been a regular starter for much of the season, the front-man has managed just five goals, with only one coming from open play.
This has led to rumours that Sherwood is growing frustrated with his displays, talk that has been further fuelled by Emmanuel Adebayor’s emergence as the club’s top forward.
However, the Spurs chief feels that Soldado will soon get the goal he needs – which will be his first of 2014 – and that the floodgates will open when he is at full confidence:
“We’re waiting for him to take one and then hopefully the confidence will start flooding back for him,” he is quoted by the Daily Star.
“He’s getting the opportunities to score but he just needs to take one.
“He’s fine, he trains well and he’s a good lad who works hard.
“Yes, he puts them away in training, but as I say it’s all about scoring on the big stage and we know he can do it, we’ve seen him do it over the years so hopefully he’ll finish one soon.
“Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later that he puts one in the net.
“He just needs to take one. It happens, strikers have a lull at times and Robbie needs to get out of this one.”