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.”