Pavlyuchenko loses Spurs faith
Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has lost faith in making the first team and insists 'something must change'.
By Murray Burnell
Last Updated: 26/10/11 5:29pm
Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has lost faith in making the first team and insists "something must change".
The Russian has only made two substitute appearances in the Premier League this season, against Manchester United and Newcastle United.
However, he has been involved in Spurs' busy Europa League schedule but has admitted that he is fed up of being used as a back-up striker.
The 29-year-old is in his fourth season with Harry Redknapp's side after signing for a reported fee of £14million.
He has scored 40 goals during his spell with the North London outfit, but is desperate to play in the 'big games'.
He told Russian newspaper Sport Express: "I don't believe I can fight my way into the Tottenham starting line-up. Players can feel what the manager thinks about them, and I know that the manager doesn't count on me these days.
"I don't want to be the team's fourth striker. I want to play in the big games in the Premier League.
"The Europa League, which I am playing in, doesn't interest anyone here.
"I don't know whether Redknapp is telling the truth when he says he doesn't want to lose me. I guess he is not telling the truth.
"Redknapp says I'm not playing because my pre-season wasn't good. I can't understand that."
Despite his lack of domestic action, Pavlyuchenko has already played in four games for Russia this season and scored against Andorra earlier in October.
But, with the Euro 2012 tournament approaching at the end of the season, he admits that his international chances are fading.
Something must change
He added "Something must change. I must play in order not to miss Euro 2012, and there is a danger of missing such an important tournament.
"You don't get into the national squad on past achievements. I will be 30 in December, and it could be my last big tournament."
If the striker is not sold in January, his contract will expire when the current season comes to a close, although Spurs have an option to extend the deal.
Pavlyuchenko said: "I don't know whether the club will execute that option, but a good offer would definitely be considered. I don't know my market value right now."