Injured Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has yet to look comfortable at his new home in North London. From his complaints over Juande Ramos’ training style, to his inept play on the pitch, Pavlyuchenko seems to have a definite problem adjusting to the more physical play of the Premier League. But when asked recently about his current struggles, the Russian striker shocked everyone by telling the media that he’s not worried about adapting to the new style of play!
Pavlyuchenko raised expectations with his fine performances for Russia at the summer’s European Championships but has so far failed to replicate this form with Tottenham – in much the same way as Rebrov arrived much-heralded from Dynamo Kiev in 2000, only to score just 10 goals in four years.
“I don’t really worry about adapting to the style, or about anything on the football side,” he said.
“Spurs have shown faith in me, and I have faith in myself. Only time will tell if I do well, but I’m confident that I will. The only problem right now is the language. I just need time to master that.” (Daily Telegraph)
Aside from his fantastic play during Euro 2008, Pavlyuchenko has looked more like a one-trick pony, than a lethal striker that can play on any level. He was recently compared to former Spurs bust, Sergei Rebrov, a similar much heralded striker from Dynamo Kiev that never adapted to his role at the club. He’ll want to put to comparisons to rest as soon as possible!
Do Spurs supporter believe Pavlyuchenko will come around at some point? Or do you think he’ll end up being a total waste of funds?