Pavlyuchenko Is A Dilemma For Redknapp

1 03 2010

With only 10 games remaining, the Premier League is reaching it’s crunch time. One of the joys this season has been how open the league has been, whether the teams traditionally finishing outside the top four are better than previous years, or simply the elite teams are weaker is another debate.

But there is now a real scrap to get that last champions league spot with Manchester United,Chelsea and Arsenal all but secure. Liverpool have been wayward this term and are in a dog fight with: Manchester City, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur.

Has Been Asking The Questions

Pavlyuchenko Has Been Asking The Questions

Spurs have been a team who looked the most likely in recent years of breaking the group, famously losing on the last game of the season in the 05/06 season with 10 players missing because of food poisoning. They have spent big money spent over the past couple of seasons attracting big names like Defoe, Modric, Bentley, Gomes and Palacios. But a forgot man seems to be Roman Pavlyuchenko.

After an impressive 07/08 campaign, along with scoring two goals to sink England in the 2008 European Championship Qualifiers, and being part of the surprise package Russia in that tournament, He secured a £13.8 million move to White Hart Lane.

His first season was with mixed emotions but he did score some important goals, most notably against Liverpool. The start of this season however it seemed he was surplus to requirements. With Defoe, Keane and new signing Crouch ahead of him, he sought a move back to Russia. During the transfer windows Redknapp continually reassured him he would get opportunities, yet failed to live up to his word. However he has left his manager with a problem by banging five goals in his last three games. Will he continue to prove his manager wrong?

There is no doubt that he has talent, but at 28 he has never really been the most prolific, and has hardly set the world alight with his form for Spurs. However the fans feel he deserves more of a chance, and with his current run of form it would be hard to drop him.

Pavlyuchenko could very well be that last piece of the jigsaw for Spurs, and get them into the Champions league, but even if he is the man to lead them to glory, it doesn’t seem like his manager would let him revel in the spotlight for long.

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