Spurs boss backs under-fire striker to shine & responds to Defoe rumours

07:20 02 December 2013

Roberto Soldado shows his frustration. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Roberto Soldado shows his frustration. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

2013 Getty Images

Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas in confident that Roberto Soldado will come good for Spurs this season.

The Spaniard has scored four goals in 13 appearances for the north Londoners since joining the club from Valencia for £26million, however all but one of them have come from the penalty spot.

The 28-year-old should have added to his tally against Manchester United but fired over the bar when well placed after a great run from Paulinho.

But the Portuguese boss was quick to defend his record signing, who was applauded off by Tottenham supporters.

“He works very hard for the team,” he said. “He works his socks off.

“A striker lives off goals. It’s important for Soldado to find the back of the net.

“We’ll be patient with him. He doesn’t need to show his qualities.

“We need to be patient with him. His CV speaks for himself. He will unlock his potential.”

With Soldado being the preferred choice for the lone striker role this season it has led to rumours that Jermain Defoe will be leaving the club in January to make a move to America.

But Villas-Boas insisted that he is happy with the England international’s contributions.

“I’m happy with Defoe’s performances,” he added. “He came on today to try to help the team.

“He’s our top goalscorer. He has my support and I’m willing to keep him for the future.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest football news

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Paul Pogba of Juventus FC  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

The latest transfer news and gossip from around the web.

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Darius Henderson celebrates with Chris Dagnall (pic: Simon O'Connor)

O’s to check on the fitness of Darius Henderson before crunch clash

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists his side have been under no pressure to win the Premier League this season ahead of their game against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham United is brought down by Michael Duff of Burnley  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Sam Allardyce was pleased to see his West Ham side hold Burnley out in a scrappy 1-0 win at Upton Park.

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon  (Photo by Kaz Photography/Getty Images)

The latest transfer news and rumours from around the web.

Quizzes

Chelsea Wikipedia Quiz

Think you’re a true Chelsea fan? Have a go at our Wikipedia quiz featuring former Blues players.

Read more

Don't Miss...

What is this?

Near You Now

Competitions

Pop on the most stylish eyewear around from Specsavers.

London eyecare specialists Specsavers are offering London24 readers the chance to win a £150 voucher to spend on stylish eyewear in the city.

Read more