Alan Pardew may be more renowned for his tactical prowess than his new workout programme for players, but he’s also shown himself to be a dab hand in the transfer market. He’s made good decisions, signed great players and fixed numerous weaknesses present in Newcastle’s squad before he arrived. After signing Papiss Cissé you’d be excused for thinking that the Magpie’s January spending was over, but this may not be the case if the right bargain presents itself.
The Daily Mail recently reported that Tottenham have offered their sidelined Russian forward Roman Pavlyuchenko to Newcastle and Sunderland.
Roman has been unhappy with his situation at White Hart Lane for quite some time and has been hankering for a move since last summer. He’s not getting the first team football he desires in the run-up to Euro 2012 and is looking to secure a move that can get him the game time he desires.
One thing’s for sure, he’d have more opportunities with Newcastle than he’s had at Tottenham. Beyond the two Dembas, Newcastle’s striking options don’t inspire much confidence, with Leon Best only impressing sporadically. What’s more, both Dembas are at the African Cup of Nations at the moment, and there’d almost certainly be a space for Pavlyuchenko in the Newcastle starting line-up, at least until the end of February.
He may have only scored Premier League goal this season, but he’s only made five appearances. It’s time to give him a real opportunity.
Though he wouldn’t be first-choice at Newcastle, he wouldn’t be as much of a bench-warmer as he is now. Roman is a quality player that has been held back by the wealth of talent Tottenham have going forward and unable to carve out a regular slot in the North London side’s first team.
Such a move may well cause long-term Newcastle stars like Shola Ameobi to move on, but I think that would probably be for the best regardless of whether the Magpies bring in more defensive reinforcements.
Given a run of games, I’d expect him to recover his form and prove why Spurs were willing to pay £13.8m to bring him to England back in 2008.
If Newcastle can acquire him on the cheap, say for around £6-8m, wouldn’t it make for an astute transfer. Whilst Demba Ba is always likely to be Newcastle’s leading man, Pavlyuchenko is an excellent back-up striker.
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