Stop me if you’ve heard it before but the stories in the newspapers and over the web today are full of reports that Roman Pavlyuchenko wants out of the Lane in January.
Pav hasn’t been given the game time that he has craved so far this season but when he has appeared, his performances have been lacklustre to say the least.
Our old friends the Daily Mail seem to have kicked this report off and in the story, the Russian is quoted as saying: “I do not have much playing practice at Tottenham, although I am in very good physical shape.
“I very much want to play football. That’s why I need to start.
“I love Tottenham. The team is like my second family. But if nothing changes I will agree to any loan deal. In fact, to any deal which gives me the chance to play permanently.”
A departure for Pav now seems inevitable and Spurs will have to think carefully as to who will replace him. However, the concern in the meantime is our lack of cover up front and if Roman is called up to replace Defoe or Adebayor, he will need to lift his game considerably.