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Sherwood has faith in Soldado

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has no doubt Roberto Soldado will start scoring and insists he had no intention of buying a striker in January.

Soldado arrived at White Hart in the summer with a 26million price tag and a hard-won reputation as one of La Liga's most lethal finishers.

But although he has found the net 10 times for Spurs in 24 appearances, just half of those goals have come in the Barclays Premier League.

More worrying is the fact that all but one of his league goals have come from the penalty spot.

The Spaniard drew a blank again in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Hull, who had threatened a shock win when 6.5million new boy Shane Long put the Tigers ahead having been teed up by fellow home debutant Nikica Jelavic.

The boost Hull received from their January signings was palpable, but Sherwood's faith in Soldado meant he never intended following them into the market.

"We're all right for strikers here. If we added more players to what we've got it would be impossible to train...too manic," said Sherwood.

"It's just a matter of time before Robbie hits the target again, starts scoring and gets on a run.

"He's a good trainer and he's just got to stick at it. We've all been professional footballers, so we know what it's like.

"What are you going to do? You have to keep training hard, working hard at it and it'll turn around because it always does.

"I'm sure it's not the first barren spell he's had.

"He was all right (against Hull). His hold up play was good, he had a few volleys - sometimes they go in, sometimes they don't.

"I'm not putting pressure on him and he's not putting pressure on himself."

With Soldado off target and Emmanuel Adebayor denied by goalkeeper Steve Harper with his best chance of the match, Tottenham relied on midfielder Paulinho for their equaliser.

The Brazilian was back in the starting XI for the first time this year following ankle trouble, and Sherwood was happy to have him back.

"He's been out for a while and he did well. Jan Vertonghen was back as well and he grew into the game, getting better as the game went on.

"We had Younes Kaboul back on the bench too, so with a few coming back to fitness by the time we play Everton next week we won't be too far off full strength."