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Soldado's backed by Chivers

Under-fire Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado can kick on after ending his goal drought, according to the man third in the club's all-time list of goalscorers, Martin Chivers.

The Spain international (below) arrived to much fanfare in a £26million summer deal, but has so far failed to live up to the billing.

Soldado's struggles have seen him go two months without a goal before last weekend, when he netted his first in nine games as Tottenham beat Cardiff 1-0.

The relief was palpable and fans' favourite Chivers – a man who bagged 174 goals in 367 games for the north Londoners – is confident the Spaniard can still be a success at White Hart Lane, if he gets the right service.

"Tim Sherwood has certainly done well with Emmanuel Adebayor to give him the confidence and make him grow happy enough to show us what he can do," he said. "He has persevered with Soldado and I feel very sorry for him as you can't play him in every game when he is missing goals galore.

"But we know that he can score goals – you don't suddenly become a bad player, but you have to have the service and I don't think we create that many chances."

Spurs face Chelsea this evening before facing Benfica in the Europa League last 16 next week – a match they go into without their top continental scorer, Jermain Defoe, who has taken up a lucrative contract at Toronto.

"We needed a Jermain at the football club but he has been offered something he can't turn down at his age," Chivers said.

"He has got a gold mine, struck lucky. I just hope he can go through the five years because he will be set for life. I am pleased for him."