Harry Redknapp has declared that he has full belief that Roman Pavlyuchenko can fire his side into the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Pavlyuchenko came off the bench to score twice in the 3-0 win over Wigan on Sunday, amid talk that Redknapp didn’t have any confidence in the Russian.
Now the striker is set to be rewarded with a starting berth for the replay with Bolton and Redknapp is backing him to make a major contribution in the closing months of the campaign.
“When he is in the right frame of mind and comes on like he did on Sunday, I have always said he is a fantastic talent with great ability, so I was delighted.
“He had trained well last week and was the best player. He looked sharp and was at it.
“I had no hesitation in putting him on because I knew he would have a go for us.
“He is a terrific lad.
“You have got to get him at it a bit and when he is, he is a real good player, there is no doubt about that.
“If he can score some goals for us between now and the end of the season to take us where we want to go, then that will be a real bonus for us.
“When he is at his best, he is a top player – he has played at World Cups and if he can do that for us, it will be great.
“Hopefully he is happy here now.
“I have never wanted to let him go – we could have sold him in the window, but we wanted to keep him here.
“I think maybe it was Roman who wanted to go back to Russia. Hopefully he can have a good run, do well for us, settle down and want to stay.”
Redknapp is also considering giving Eidur Gudjohnsen an opportunity to shine against Bolton, as he wants to give all his striking options a fair crack of the whip.
“Jermain has been in good form, scoring goals, and Crouchy has been leading the line well.
“I also need to give Eidur a chance to play as well, because he has been great in training.
“He is another player who is very much in my mind.”
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