Roman fears becoming Spurs joke

Tottenham outcast Roman Pavlyuchenko claims Harry Redknapp is

“mocking” him by constantly leaving him out of the Spurs line-up on


Pavlyuchenko, 28, joined Spurs in the summer of 2008 from

Spartak Moscow for £13.8million but has struggled for regular

first-team football at White Hart Lane, with the problem

particularly acute for the Russia forward this season as he has

made just four substitute appearances in the Premier League.

Speaking to the Russian press and quoted in several of this

morning’s British national newspapers, Pavlyuchenko said: “You

cannot even imagine how tired I am of sitting on the bench. Do you

want to hear a joke in London? It goes: Harry Redknapp put Roman

Pavlyuchenko into the starting line-up.

“For me it would be funny if it was not so painful. I have a

feeling that our manager is mocking me.”

Pavlyuchenko’s only starts this season have come in the

Carling Cup, where he has played two games and scored once.

He also claims Redknapp told him he would be involved in the

Carling Cup encounter with Manchester United at Old Trafford, only

to be kept on the bench again.

“On the eve of the match he asked me to come to see him. He

said: ‘Tomorrow will be a chance to show your best in front of

75,000 spectators. We need to use it.’

He used it by keeping me on the bench for 90 minutes.”