Roberto Soldado struggles similar to Fernando Torres - AVB

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Former Tottenham and Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has backed striker Roberto Soldado to bounce back from his barren spell, and compared him to compatriot Fernando Torres.

Villas-Boas signed Soldado for a fee in the region of £26 million back in the summer while he was still in charge at White Hart Lane.

The Portuguese left Tottenham by 'mutual consent' back in December, with Tim Sherwood taking his place.

Soldado started off his Premier League career in fine form, scoring four goals in his first three games - however since then he's struggled badly in front of goal.

The Spaniard is yet to score in 2014 for Spurs, and he passed up the chance to break his duck in the Europa League against Dnipro last Thursday by spurning a golden chance in front of an open net that would have given his side a precious away goal.

He also failed to convert a good chance when he came on as a substitute in Tottenham's 1-0 defeat against Norwich yesterday.

Villas-Boas, who also had a short spell in charge of Chelsea, believes there are similarities between Soldado's struggles, and the problems Fernando Torres has faced since heading to Stamford Bridge in 2011.

"It's also happened to Fernando (Torres)," he told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser when asked about Soldado's drought.

"In the Premier League it is very important the impact you made at the beginning. Soldado started the season well but he has failed to keep the regularity in terms of goals. That is crucial in a player's adaptation to English football."

Despite his troubles, Villas-Boas believes Soldado will certainly come good sooner rather than later.

"His movements and his qualities as a scorer are tremendous," he explained.

"I'm sure his time will arrive. Maybe a little later than he expected but he has the quality to do it. It's a matter of time and also a matter of getting opportunities from the current coach."

Villas-Boas was tipped as the heir to Jose Mourinho's throne after he won the treble with Porto in 2011, but failed spells with Chelsea and Tottenham have dented his reputation.

When asked who the best manager of the two was, he replied: "Him, definitely. Mourinho is a winner and I'm learning.

"Mourinho is a reference in football. He has a special style that has led him to win everything. For someone like me is always a reference to learn from. We had a very strong relationship in the past and now we don't have much contact but we respect each other".

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