Roman Pavlyuchenko believes that his hard work is paying off after forcing his way back into Harry Redknapp’s side.
Pavlyuchenko only started twice in Tottenham’s first 34 games of the campaign, but has since forced his way back in and been in superb goalscoring form.
“Anyone in my place would feel difficult in a similar situation – being a footballer who was not able to play,” Pavlyuchenko said.
“Footballers do not have a long professional career, so you want to enjoy those years playing with a team and being on the pitch.
“But my situation was a normal one that probably every player has found themselves in at least once in their career.”
He added: “Football is such a game that sometimes you are down and have to raise yourself and look forward.
“I am a Russian and we never give up. It all comes down to hard work in the end – that is how you achieve your goals.
“I took my chance and I wanted to capitalise on it as much as I could, but it is important to keep playing at this level for the rest of the season.”
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