Football FanCast guest columnist Peter Jones feels that Tottenham should take the £4m hit in order to get rid of Roman Pavlyuchenko.
I doubt many Tottenham fans will be shedding a tear or burning their season tickets up in protest over the expected departure of Roman Pavlyuchenko this January, given what a disappointment he has been. His lack of professionalism has been nothing short of a disgrace and I wish whichever club take a chance on him well, because they clearly have their hands full.
I don’t think we will be short of buyers as the likes of Zenit and Spartak have already expressed an interest in Pav, but I think Levy and the rest of the Tottenham board have to be somewhat realistic when it comes to player valuation. You can understand why the club would be keen to recoup the £14m that was spent on the Russian 15months ago, but can we honestly expect to think that Roman’s performances warrant demanding a similar fee?
Pavlyuchenko’s stock has dipped dramatically in my view, as not only has he failed to score a large number of goals, but his attitude and persona will have frightened off a lot of other clubs from taking a chance on him. I can only see a Russian side being prepared to make an offer for him, but we mustn’t look to play hard ball with them.
My great fear is that come the end of January we may be left lumbered with Pav, due to club’s failing to meet our valuation. While I respect Levy as a businessman I only hope that he has learnt his lesson from the whole Berbatov saga that it doesn’t pay to drag your feet in selling a player, especially when it means you are unable to replace them sufficiently. The last thing Harry Redknapp needs as he attempts to put the final touches to a squad that is capable of challenging the top four, is having to bring in someone in that is second rate in order to bolster his strike force.
So what is a fair price for Roman Pavlyuchenko? My own view is that £10m is about right and a fair reflection of his market value. Asking for any more than that in my opinion is inviting a stand-off between the clubs and will leave Redknapp frustrated in his attempts to find a replacement having already been told that to buy he will have to look to sell first. I reckon Levy should be prepared to take a £4m hit and put Pav down to a bad experience, to give Redknapp every chance.