Rafa considering White Hart Lane swoop.
Rafa Benítez has decided strolling, sulking Spurs chest of drawers Roman Pavlyuchenko is the man to kick-start his team’s season. “Benítez sees him as the ideal stand-in for Torres”. (Guardian)
Now this is a deal I like the sound of. There is no doubting the ability of Russian forward Roman Pavlyuchenko he just can’t seem to buy a break at Tottenham and finds himself very low down the pecking order at White Hart Lane and is desperate to leave.
One question though. If he is going to be used only as a stand in then surely he will once again find himself just warming another bench? Personally I would be happy to see Rafa attempt to play two up front and I think that Roman could work well alongside El Nino but our gaffer very rarely opts for such a formation.
Some reports suggest that we may in fact take the former Spartak Moscow man on loan in January with a view to a permanent deal next summer and that would probably be the wisest thing all round. It would give us a chance to have a good look at the player and also hopefully give him a good shot at some first team action that he says he urgently needs in order to avoid losing his starting place in the national team.