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Spurs won’t get far with just one Russian

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Spurs looked to have picked up Roman Pavlyuchenko and the rumour is that Klaas Huntelaar, Andrei Arshavin and Miguel Veloso are all close to signing but held up for different reasons (wages, price and waiting for a bigger club respectively).

But let’s deal with reality. If Spurs sign Pav then they will have another big striker that should allow Berbatov to leave. However I’m not sure about the Russian’s credentials, prior to Euro 2008 the knock on him was that he was fat and lazy. If he’s turned the corner to realising his potential then great, but if he reverts then Spurs will be the latest club to make the laughable mistake of signing someone on the back of a good summer tournament.

But even if he is dedicated to becoming a top striker, there are still a fair few question marks for any player who spent a long career playing in one league before switching to another, very different, and superior one.

However if Berbatov leaves and Arshavin arrives, then that changes things. Having a ready-made partnership like the two Russians will help jolt this Spurs side into some semblence of cohesion that is sorely missing right now. Arshavin was a big reason why Pav had a good Euro 2008, and Spurs will be a lot better with both for obvious reasons.

Elsewhere, two interesting defensive changes. Phillipe Senderos might be going to Milan of all places, although his lumbering style of defending will suit the slower Serie A. Ferdinand The Younger is on his way to Sunderland, which is an interesting one. I suppose Roy Keane ran out of United players to sign so now he’s acquiring their relatives.

It’s not that Ferdinand is a bad player, you just have to wonder if he’d be in the same situation were his name not, well, Ferdinand.

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