As last season began to draw to a close, it seemed as though Roman Pavlyuchenko would be the first player to leave White Hart Lane this summer. Despite leading the scoring amongst our three regular strikers, Pav was very vocal in his desire to leave for a chance of more regular football.
All that seemed to change following his two long range strikes against Birmingham City on the last day of the campaign. Suddenly he was talking about staying and moving forward with the club.
His early appearances this year however haven’t been quite so promising and were highlighted by a dismal display against Hearts in the home leg of the Europa Cup tie.
Already, rumours have started suggesting that the Russian will be on his way in the winter and there were a couple of stories yesterday stating that Sunderland could be a likely destination.
However, with Peter Crouch out of the club, Pav will play some part in the first half of the campaign at least, albeit his is likely to be behind Adebayor and Defoe as far as Harry is concerned. In that time can he do anything to save his White Hart Lane career or is the clock ticking down to a January transfer and a replacement striker – maybe Leandro Damiao?
Will Roman Pavlyuchenko be a hit or miss in 2011-12?