Football FanCast guest columnist Lloyd Patterson feels the next ten days will determine whether Pavlyuchenko has a future at Tottenham.
If Roman Pavlyuchenko has any chance of salvaging a career at Tottenham then you really think that the next fortnight will prove make or break for him, given that Jermain Defoe is now out through suspension.
Defoe's petulance last weekend has meant there is a place now in the squad up for grabs and Pavlyuchenko is likely to be restored, to the bench at least, following his impressive display and brace against Dagenham and Redbridge. It is simply now or never for the Russian and why on Saturday Harry is likely to go with Crouch and Keane, Tuesday's night's Carling Cup tie should see Pav restored to the starting line-up, as Redknapp will continue to mix up his team in cup games. You do sense that the next three games represent something of a last chance saloon for Pav and should he fail to make any impact or any notable contribution then he has pretty much laid the foundation for his January exit.
I know the view of Pavlyuchenko among supporters is generally a mixed one with some questioning whether he has been given a fair crack of the whip, while others believe he is a complete waste of space and won't be sorry if he left. My own view on the Russian is that he is somewhere between both, where it is a fact that he hasn't been given a sustained period of time in the team to prove his worth, but then when he is given the opportunity, you do question as to whether he shows enough application or effort out there to retain his place or warrant any faith from his manager. The next fortnight should determine exactly where his future will lay and if he'll remain in North London come the end of January; he won't get many more chances once Defoe returns, so it is simply now or never for Pav.