Redknapp challenges Pav to break into first-team

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has told Roman Pavlyuchenko that in order to give himself a genuine chance of contending for a place in the club’s starting XI, the Russian striker must be up for the challenge of doing so, reports Sky Sports.

Pavlyuchenko has struggled to make any sort of impact for Spurs this season having been restricted to just one premier league appearance, whilst proving ineffectual in his other first team outings during a Europa League tie against Hearts and Tuesday’s Carling Cup 3rd Round Penalty Shoot-Out defeat to Stoke, where he was a culprit of missing from the spot.

Subsequently Redknapp admits that Pavlyuchenko faces a battle to force his way back into the Spurs side, due to the prosperous attacking partnership new arrival Emanuel Adebayor and Jermaine Defoe are rapidly developing for Spurs. “Hopefully he will come to life,” Redknapp said of Pavlyuchenko before adding, “When he is up for it, he can play. But there’s a good understanding developing between Adebayor and Jermain Defoe.”

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