Football FanCast guest columnist Tom Palmer hopes a certain little Russian doesn’t end up haunting Tottenham tomorrow.
I often wonder how well Roman Pavlyuchenko would have done had a certain little Russian moved to the football club last summer and how deadly our strike-force could have been. In buying Roman, it was tantamount to buying Morecombe and then deciding against Wise.
It was one of the biggest balls up of last summer and when you hear both Poyet and Ramos talk, neither of them can understand why Andrey wasn’t brought in, especially as he held talks. Apparently a difference in £2m was the difference in terms of asking price with Zenit and the club’s failure to bow down to their demands meant we were left with a striker that has been pretty much out of sorts from day one, while our great rivals bear the fruits of having one of the most exciting talents in the League. I wouldn’t have minded if Zenit were asking for silly money, but the truth is that he would have been cheaper than Darren Bent and his fee on a par with David Bentley.
It isn’t the first time we as a football club have missed the boat and I don’t expect it to be the last; however it is painful when the filth down the road are the ones that are picking up the pieces. Harry conceded that he turned down the chance to sign Vermaelen and he would have proved another decent acquisition.
The loss of missing out on Arshavin though for me is the biggest blow and something tells me he could well haunt us tomorrow, as I doubt there are many in red and white who will be more determined to prove us wrong. If he is on his ‘A’ game then he is simply unplayable and if he does turn us over tomorrow then I wonder how many on the Tottenham board will be left ruing what might have been had they just gone that extra mile.