Roberto Soldado
The Spanish international moved to North London in summer 2013 for £26m Paul Ellis/Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado has claimed he feels "ashamed at not being able to satisfy" the Spurs supporters.

The Spain international moved to the north London club in summer 2013 for £26m after garnering a reputation as clinical striker in La Liga, scoring 24 goals for Valencia.

However, Soldado has failed to replicate that form in the Premier League under Andre Villas-Boas, Tim Sherwood and current boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Nevertheless, the White Hart Lane crowd has never lost faith in him, backing the striker every time he plays.

"From the first minute I'm involved, even before I've done anything, the fans show they believe in me, and I feel ashamed at not being able to satisfy them," Soldado said, according to Standard Sport.

"It's hard when they sing. I hear them chanting my name and if I miss a chance, I feel bad. I can't thank them enough. I just hope I can reach the level they expect and I just need to take advantage of the great players around me."

Reports in the summer linked him with a return to La Liga but Pochettino wanted to keep him at Spurs.

However, the Spaniard has only scored one Premier League goal this season, and just seven in 38 league appearances for the club in a year and a half.

"If only I knew that little something that's missing for me to find my form, really show my game and for the goals to start flowing. I am reassured, though, because the manager is giving me more minutes on the pitch," he said.

"With that, my time will come, because in the games I'm feeling good. The critical thing is that the goals aren't coming but I know they will, because I'm working really hard for the team, and that is important."