Struggling Tottenham Star Promises New Year Improvement

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By Nick Howson | December 4, 2013 4:54 AM EST

Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado has promised to react to his poor goal haul this season and spark a revival in the club's fortunes.

The Spanish international has netted six times for Spurs this season since his summer move from Valencia but is without a goal from open play since October or in his last five appearances.

Soldado has been intrusted to leading Tottenham's attack throughout much of the season ahead of Jermaine Defoe but is yet to repay Andre Villas-Boas' faith, with the side having netted just 11 times in 13 games.

But the 28 year old has promised to improve sufficiently.

"No [I'm not happy with my form]," Soldado told the Daily Telegraph. "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.

"I am doing all I can but goals are what the coach is looking for in a forward."

Tottenham twice surrendered their lead against Manchester United on Sunday to fall further behind north London rivals and Premier League leaders Arsenal as their title ambitions continue to dwindle.

Such has been the poor nature of Spurs' form that Villas-Boas' position at White Hart Lane is understood to be under pressure, with Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup among the contenders to take over.

Despite achieving passage to the Europa League knock-out phase, Tottenham's success this season will likely be judged on their league form, with a Champions League place, after spending in excess of £100m in the summer transfer, likely to be the minimum expectation.

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