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Harry has faith in Roman

01 May 2009 15:55:22

Harry has faith in Roman

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists Roman Pavlyuchenko has a 'big future' at the club. The Russia international has taken time to settle at White Hart Lane following his summer switch from Spartak Moscow. However, he has never flinched from the challenge and has continued to give his utmost for the cause during a difficult season for the club. Redknapp has been greatly impressed with Pavlyuchenko's attitude and has moved to curb any talk of an impending exit for the striker by insisting he remains an integral part of his plans. "Roman's done well, I've been pleased with him," he said. "He's been unlucky with injuries but he came on against West Ham in his last game, scored the goal (in a 1-0 win) and was outstanding. "Then he got injured again with a back problem. I think when he's playing well, especially at home, he's been very good for us. "There are certain aspects of his game he can improve on and there are things he needs to learn about the English game but technically he's fantastic. "He's got great feet, he can shoot, great touch, and I think he has a big future at Tottenham. "He has scored some great goals at home and his performances have been excellent so he will get better and better. He's realised that you have to put a shift in England and he worked his socks off against West Ham." Pavlyuchenko could be welcomed back into the fold this weekend for the visit of West Brom and may be paired in attack with Jermain Defoe, as the England international has returned to Redknapp's squad following the death of his half-brother Jade. "Jermain's okay," Redknapp said. "It's probably good for him to come into the football club with the other lads stops him from sitting around and thinking about it. "It's good for him to be part of things and he's looked very sharp. He's also coming back from a long-term injury so it's just a relief to have him back before the end of the season."


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