Pavlyuchenko endured a curious four years in England with Tottenham, as he often scored when he was handed a first team chance, but rarely got a run in the side to prove his worth.
While the Tottenham fans always gave ‘Pav’ a huge ovation when he was released from his captivity on the substitutes bench, the feeling was manager Harry Redknapp was always keen to offload his blonde bomber and he duly did just that when Lokomotiv Moscow paid around €10m for him last January.
Russia coach Dick Advocaat has more faith in Pavlyuchenko’s abilities as he used him in seven Euro 2012 qualifiers and got a great return, with four goals flowing from this ex-Rotor Volgograd and Spartak Moscow goal poacher.
“It’s good for Roman that Pavlyuchenko is now with a team that will give him the regular football he needs,” says coach Advocaat. “He showed how important he can be for us in the qualifiers and hopefully we see this again at Euro 2012.”