Soldado missed a sitter in Spurs’ 1-0 Europa League defeat by Dnipro and is feeling the heat since his £26million move from Valencia. The forward ballooned a golden chance over from two yards and left Tim Sherwood’s men sweating over the return leg.
It was one of the misses of the season and even prompted former Tottenham chairman Lord Sugar to ridicule Soldado on Twitter. “Is Soldado a donkey or what?” he tweeted. “My old grandmother could have scored that one.”
The pressure is building given the fact he has only scored five goals in open play since his move in the summer. But Vertonghen, whose Tottenham travel to Norwich tomorrow, was quick to back him, saying: “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.
“It’s very hard for him to miss a chance like this. I wouldn’t say it was a very hard one, but the pitch didn’t help.”
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At some time he is going to score one and he won’t stop scoring. I hope that day is coming soon
And Vertonghen believes Sugar’s public ridiculing is hardly helpful. “That is unfair,” he said. “Roberto deserves better. Sometimes those ones are easier to score than miss, but it’s more difficult than you think. It’s sad for him because he scores from every angle in training.
“He’s a very smart guy and there is nobody who wants to score more than him. It’s his life.”
Vertonghen says the former Valencia star is putting in the hours to make sure he justifies the millions Spurs forked out. He added: “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.”