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Tottenham striker's woes continue

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On a sunny day in August, Tottenham's new record signing, Roberto Soldado stepped up to bury a penalty against Premier League new boys Crystal Palace.

The former Valencia striker had just played exceptionally well against Espanyol on his Spurs debut and expectation was high around White Hart Lane.

Five months forward, and just one Premier League goal in open play later, Spurs fans are worried they have vastly overpaid for a 28-year-old who looks somewhat out of his depth in the English game.

Soldado looked subdued to the point of disinterest in the game against Crystal Palace and it was slightly concerning for the Spurs faithful that the striker who replaced him and scored, Jermain Defoe, is leaving in a months' time.

Spurs manager Tim Sherwood has already stated that Spurs will not be replacing Defoe, who has agreed to sign for Toronto, so it is essential that Soldado finds form ahead of his side's Champions League places push.

It is all the more important for the Spanish striker, who is still desperate to get in to Vincente Del Bosque's Spain squad ahead of the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Soldado is arguably fourth on Spain's striker list, behind Diego Costa, Alvaro Negredo and probably Fernando Torres, and needs to score a considerable amount to even be considered alongside that calibre of talent.

However, it is not as bleak as it seems. Soldado has struck 11 goals this season and has looked brighter in recent weeks. His link-up play has been superb and Sherwood believes that he is just games away from clicking.

With Christian Eriksen finding form, Andros Townsend returning from injury and Aaron Lennon playing well under the new manager, Soldado will have plenty of service in the coming matches and is no longer isolated with the rejuvenated Emmanuel Adebayor now playing alongside him.

Soldado's scoring record speaks for itself. He finished only below Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Radamel Falcao and Alvaro Negredo in the La Liga scoring charts last season, scoring 24 in a worse team than those players above him.

I believe he is very close to hitting that kind of form in the Premier League, on his day he is one of the best finishers in the game.

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