Tottenham need the next Roman Pavlyuchenko

Roman Pavlyuchenko on the Ball

Tottenham Hotspur sold Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko last year, after four years at White Hart Lane.

The Spurs ‘supersub’ returned to Moscow after making 113 appearances for Spurs and scoring 42 goals in all competitions. Pavlyuchenko was signed from Spartak Moscow for £13.7 million in 2008 at the age of 27 when he was just entering the peak of his powers.

Whilst the now 31-year-old is by no means over the hill, the Russian national team will likely be looking to the future in Dinamo Moscow youngster Aleksandr Kokorin.

Likewise, Spurs ought to considering taking a look at him – the 6ft tall 22-year-old striker has scored an impressive 13 goals and made 5 assists for the Russian outfit this term – he scored 3 goals and made 2 assists in 3 Europa League appearances this term.

He scored his first goal for his country this year in a World Cup Qualifier no less against Israel. In the Russian Premier League alone, he averages a goal every two games – 9 in 18 appearances – and despite his youth, he is on his way to be becoming Russia’s first choice up front in the Pavlyuchenko mould.

He’s currently valued around £7 million and his contract with Dinamo Moscow runs until 2016 but a move to the Premier League could be enough to tempt him to part ways with the Russian capital, much like his predecessor.

For the half the price Tottenham paid for Roman Pavlyunchenko, they could have his 22-year-old equivalent – he’s quick, he’s a poacher, his movement off the ball is intelligent, he’s strong in the air, and his work-rate is exemplary.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas could have done with a player like Pavlyunchenko this season – a striker who could come off the bench and score 10 league goals or 4 goals in 8 appearances in the Champions League like the Russian achieved for Spurs in the 2010/11 season under Harry Redknapp.

Kokorin has already proven himself capable of that kind of goal to game ratio in the Europa League and, as aforementioned, his ratio on a domestic level is superb. His physique and stature would make him ideally suited to the English game and he could bring to the table a lot more than Emmanuel Adebayor did this term.

Additionally, he has the capability to play on either flank, which would make him an astute signing to provide cover for Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon. He’s technically gifted, can run at players, whip crosses into the box just as capably as he can get on the end of them as you can see here.

Tottenham sold Roman Pavyluchenko for £8 million – around the same amount of money they could sign his young compatriot.

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