Agent claims Pav suffering

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The agent of Roman Pavlyuchenko has claimed his client is suffering on the Spurs bench.

Pavlyuchenko is currently down the pecking order, with Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and Peter Crouch ahead of him in Harry Redknapp’s thoughts.

The Russian was given a start against Everton in the Carling Cup, but failed to impress with his performance and is likely to be relegated to the bench again for the short trip to Arsenal.

His agent, Oleg Artemov has now been prompted to claim that his struggles are down to mental issues brought upon by Redknapp’s lack of faith in him.

“His poor performance recently is not due to a lack of match practice, but psychological problems.

“Of course, not getting in the starting line-up, sitting on the bench is not good for any player.

“But Roman is much more affected by the feeling that the manager doesn’t trust him and prefers to use other forwards.”

Pavluchenko is to have further showdown talks with Redknapp in order to clarify his position at Spurs, with his place in Russia’s World Cup squad in the forefront of his mind, should they defeat Slovenia next month.

Artemov continued, “The World Cup is next summer. To waste another half a year on the bench may be very bad for his international career.

“It’s hard to say if Pavluchenko’s less than impressive performance in the match against Everton will influence his future at Tottenham.

“It may become clearer after our next meeting with Redknapp.

“Roman and I plan to talk to him again after Russia’s two World Cup play-off games against Slovenia in November.”

Pavlyuchenko has been linked with a move away in January, with Russian pair Zenit St Petersburg and Spartak Moscow linked, as well as Italian giants, AC Milan.

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