Roman Pavlyuchenko has played down rumours that he is becoming increasingly unsettled at Tottenham by revealing that he is happy with the current situation at White Hart Lane.
The Russian striker hasn’t figured much for Harry Redknapp’s side of late, with Robbie Keane and Darren Bent keeping him out of the starting eleven in recent weeks.
This, combined with the fact that he has only scored 4 Premier League goals since his £12m in the summer, has resulted in many suggesting that he could be on his way out of the club when the season ends.
However, the player himself doesn’t believe that this will be the case. He says that he ‘doesn’t pay attention’ to those who claim his career at Spurs is over.
As for having to sit on the bench a lot recently, Pavlyuchenko claimed that ‘even the greatest’ players have spells out of the team at some point in their career. Therefore, he isn’t that worried about the current situation.
The 27-year-old then went on to say how he will ‘overcome his temporary football problems’ and force his way back into Redknapp’s plans before the season is out. This means ‘working hard’ in training and grabbing any opportunities he may get on the pitch.
In all honesty though, Pavlyuchenko might have to wait for an injury to either Keane or Bent before he gets a chance from the first whistle. Redknapp’s current strike force are leading the line well and with Spurs unbeaten in six Premier League games, he is unlikely to change things too much.
What the former Spartak Moscow forward needs to do is remain patient and not let the lack of games affect his confidence or his belief. Going from what he has been saying, he seems to have the correct attitude to come out of this as a better player and a more determined individual.
Like the player himself though, Tottenham fans may have to wait and see whether this is the case in the remaining few games of the season.
By Thomas Rooney