Tottenham odd man out Roman Pavlyuchenko’s desire to make a speedy exit from White Hart Lane has been dealt a blow by a groin strain. Harry Redknapp has sent the player for a scan to asses the damage but it still hasn’t stopped the Fussin’ Russian from speaking out once again about his wish to leave ‘Appy ‘Arry’s Hotspur hotshots. Following his goal scoring cameo against Leeds in the FA Cup, the 28 year old striker told Sport Express;
“I don’t think that goal will change anything. In any case, I hope it doesn’t stop me leaving Tottenham.
I’ve already heard lots of times from Redknapp that I’m going to play, but I still remain sitting on the bench,”
It seems highly unlikely that anything will change his mind at this stage, so as he goes the way of Sergei Rebrov, though hopefully without the racism, is he justified in thinking the crafty cockney is to blame for his failure to succeed in English football? Or is his attitude and lack of form to blame for it all going Pete Tong?
It’s fair to say the lad has never been in the in crowd under Redknapp’s reign. He was a Ramos signing, made in the wake of Robbie Keane’s sight seeing trip to Liverpool and to cushion the impending sale of Andy Garcia to Manchester United. ‘Arry arrived a month later and set up an old boys network at his earliest available opportunity. Unfortunately for Roman, these old boys were almost all strikers, including Keane, who returned from holiday without his pride to try and cartwheel his way back into the Spurs fans favor. Then again this season, faced with a wealth of slightly sporadic midfielders, ‘Arry chose to raid his facebook friends page for a striker yet again by signing robotic giraffe Peter Crouch. It must have been a fairly demoralizing experience for the Russian, especially since in his first season he wasn’t half bad at all. 14 goals (mainly in cup competitions) from 36 appearances isn’t a bad return for any striker in their first year in England. And it isn’t as if they were all against poor opposition either. A last minute winner against Liverpool and a cracking header against Manchester United were both evidence he can do it against the sides above as well as those below. Even many Spurs fans lament his lack of opportunities with the general consensus on the forums that he has the potential to be one of, if not the best striker at the club but is physically, and mentally, lacking a little. And for a player who does posses undoubted quality, it’s surely more than a bit frustrating to be left out so regularly. In ‘Arrys defence, with the other 3 all well versed and experienced at linking up with each other, the time it would take for to Pav to build as comfortable a partnership with any, may seem like too much of a risk going into the final straight.
But whatever his justification, it’s still never advisable to go down the Carlos Tevez route and state your unappreciated brilliance so vocally. Especially when his agent could surely have made the right signals in the background without him having to resort to criticizing his manager, a manager who’s done pretty well at Spurs so far, in the press. It’s hardly likely to get him anymore game time, and with his groin injury now possibly a stumbling block in a prospective move away, he could end up ruing what could be construed as a lack of professionalism. Head down, shut up, do your talking with your feet etc etc etc.
And whatever you do, don’t give out extremely inflammatory advice about what type of people frequent the areas around White Hart Lane should any of your friends sign for Spurs in the future. Just ask silly Sergei…