ROBERTO Soldado has admitted that he has fallen significantly below his desired goalscoring standard for Tottenham but is adamant that he will eventually deliver in the Premier League.
The £27 million Spain international was guilty of a glaring miss againstManchester United on Sunday and, despite the faith that is being shown by Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, has scored only once from open play in the league this season.
Soldado accepts that he must improve and also knows that he must start scoring more regularly at club level to get back into the Spain squad.
Asked whether he had scored as many goals as he would like, Soldado said: “No. Definitely not. Much less. A lot of my goals have come from the penalty spot.
“I want to score more goals than I am doing at the moment. That is why they signed me. I have been doing it all my career. I haven’t done so far here, but I am convinced I will get there.
“We are trying to score, we create chances but we are not taking them. We need to keep going, working hard and the goals will come.”
Of the situation with Spain, Soldado said: “I am doing all I can but goals are what the coach is looking for in a forward.”
Kyle Walker and Sandro did score on Sunday to twice put Tottenham into a winning position against United before two Wayne Rooney strikes forced a 2-2 draw.
The result was somewhat overshadowed by Villas-Boas’s outspoken post-match attack on his critics. The Portuguese believes that he has not been shown sufficient respect and claimed that some reports had questioned his integrity and “human values”.
Sam Allardyce, the West Ham United manager, believes that Villas-Boas showed some “immaturity” in going public with his frustrations.
“You have to use the criticism as a motivational drive to show these people that they are wrong,” he said.
“You’ve got to take it on the chin. You and your players have got to do your talking on the field. I think he’s just shown a little bit of immaturity.
“It can get under your skin, but you can’t let that happen because you’re not going to win.