Tottenham Hotspur star confident of Roberto Soldado success

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Jan Vertonghen has offered his support to under fire striker Roberto Soldado and is convinced that the Spaniard will come good for Tottenham Hotspur.

A horror miss from Soldado in the Europa League against Dnipro on Thursday, in which he missed an open goal from five yards, capped what has been a difficult debut season.

Since moving from Valencia in the summer, where he bagged 81 goals in three years, the 28-year-old has struggled to justify a £26 million transfer fee.

In the Premier League, Spurs' record signing at the time, has scored just five goals with most of those coming from the penalty spot.

The former Real Madrid man has as many goals in European action this season but his miss in Thursday's last-32 first-leg defeat has led to criticism.

However Jan Vertonghen, who in contrast has been a big hit at White Hart Lane since a move last season, has backed his teammate to prove the doubters wrong in time.

When referring to the miss, Vertonghen said: "It was very unfortunate because in training he scores from everywhere,

"At some time he is going to score one and he won't stop scoring. I hope that day is coming soon.

"He's a very smart guy and there is nobody who wants to score more than him. It's his life. He is practising after training all the time. Missing this chance feels harsh for him but he will come back.

"He is determined to prove himself. He is a very determined person and he did well when he played up front with Emmanuel Adebayor. He just needs a few more games."

Tottenham have endured a frustrating campaign and are currently fifth.

After selling Gareth Bale for a world record fee, the rebuild led by Andre Villas-Boas has, until now, failed. It led to the Portuguese manager being replaced by Tim Sherwood as they chase Champions League football.

Soldado isn't the only misfiring new signing though as Erik Lamela, whose fee broke the record of the Spaniard's, has also fallen down the pecking order. 

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