Alex McLeish has suggested that he will not renew his interest in Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Birmingham were linked with a swoop for Pavlyuchenko in the winter transfer window when his White Hart Lane career appeared to be coming to an end.
The Russian had been frustrated with his lack of opportunities during the first half of the season and Spurs were willing to listen to offers.
McLeish expressed his admiration for Pavlyuchenko but a move failed to materialise and it is now unclear whether the 28-year-old will leave Tottenham in the summer.
Pavlyuchenko has been in fine form in recent weeks and is not thinking of his future at the moment, while manager Harry Redknapp has praised his recent revival.
Blues boss McLeish admits it would now be difficult to afford Pavlyuchenko in the wake of his performances over the past few weeks.
“His price will have gone up,” McLeish said in the Daily Mirror.
“I’ve given him too much confidence by saying I wanted him.” (Sky Sports)
Clearly Alex McLeish is being sarcastic, at least I hope so, because surely interest from Birmingham City (no disrespect meant) will not have sent the Russian into spasms of ecstasy. White Hart Lane’s forgotten man has taken the chance he has been handed with both hands and with Robbie Keane away scoring goals with ease in the SPL, a league where even Francis Jeffers would knock up 20 goals a season.
I am happy for Roman as I think he deserves a second chance. He never really got that much of a look in once Harry set his mind on signing Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe from Portsmouth and the former Spartak Moscow man always gave it his all and for that reason alone he will always get the respect of the fans.
It remains to be seen if Redknapp will ever consider Pavlyuchenko as a first choice starter when he has a fully fit squad to pick from but at least his current form has made the boss think twice about offloading him this summer.
As we continue to push for that Champions League spot, all fingers and toes crossed, the more players fighting for a spot the better. A top notch squad, such as the one we now have at our disposal, helps keep everyone on their toes and that helps inspire a team spirit and work ethic that coupled with intelligent management can only succeed in achieving its goals.
In our wildest dreams I can not believe a single Tottenham fan in the darkest Juande Ramos nightmare could have imagined such a swift turn around in fortunes. Long may it continue.