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Super Pav? Or Russian Donkey?


Written by Lauren Coupe

Yes, yes I am sorry, the Russian donkey jokes are getting boring now…we all know Harry adopted one…but after seeing Pav’s what can only be described as ‘frustrating’ display against the Young Boys last night in the Champions League qualifier 1st leg it has got me thinking ‘what type of player is Pav?’

For instance, he’s terrible at holding the ball up, he gives the ball away far too easily, he takes ridiculous shots from ridiculous ranges that always go blazing over, but after I’d just about written him off, telling my friends and family that Crouch should be playing instead, he goes and scores a fabulous thunderbolt of a goal!  It was amazing!  After all of his frustrating play, he comes up with the best goal of the game.

After a nervy end to the match, it ended 3-2 with Spurs only needing to now win 1-0 back at White Hart Lane in the 2nd leg – and Pav is who we have to thank for that.  However, I feel as though his failure to hold the ball up and his misplaced passes let him down…yes, he does score the odd ‘spectacular’ goal here and there, but in my opinion he hasn’t got the skills to be able to play for a whole 90 minutes.

I think he could be a super sub maybe, coming on for the last 10 minutes and scoring a blinder – we all know he certainly has the ability to do that.  Should he start the 2nd leg?  For me he is neither ‘super’ or ‘donkey’ … he’s a ‘saviour’.



  1. Spuds

    August 18, 2010 at 9:29 am

    For me, the team should have scored more, and it was often Pav who was the reason why we lost possession at a crucial stage. He also did not seem to be communicating well with players around him. Spectacular goal agreed, but he did more ‘bads’ than ‘goods’ in that game.

  2. Roy Singh

    August 18, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I agree. He definately saved an embaressing situation. Not consistant & lacks the skills to fit into future plans.

  3. Joel Baldwin

    August 18, 2010 at 9:43 am

    He is truely terrible. Slowest Centre Forward in the Prem, can’t hold the ball up, not strong enough, poor shooting.
    His technique will allow him ten goals a year but it’s really the lack of pace which shows him up…he doesn’t have the finishing skills or passing ability of Sherringham who played a similar game. He’s also crap in the air. His Cup Final apperance against Chelsea was terrible

    I hope Spurs replace him asap….

  4. Mart

    August 18, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Russian Donkey! He is shite!

  5. Henrik the King

    August 18, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Agree that some of his touches are/were not good enough, and that he at times gives the ball away too easily. BUT, Pav is our most talented striker. Although he has yet to reach his maximum potential it is there for all to see that he has great touch, vision, awareness and is lethal with both feet. Pav didn’t play too well last night but managed 6-7 finishes towards goal after positioning himself right and/or usin one or two touches to get away a shot. How many chances did Defoe create? Keane? Crouch in a regular game? Some of his shots were poor, but given constant playing time, he will be our best striker! That said, we have four OK strikers, and that ain’t good enough for a push for the title or an extended run in the CL. Get rid of Keane and Defoe and get in a world class striker. Pav and Gio can play with that striker and Crouch can be used to change things up. Defoe is a one-trick-pony, and Keane his past it. Huddlestone I think will be our most important player this year. Dicates and controls the game for Spurs like no one else can.

  6. Brian Mc

    August 18, 2010 at 10:08 am

    He’s not good enough. Only plays well with a point to prove. Defoe isn’t much better, Keane needs 100 consecutive games to get his confidence up and Crouch is a long ball target. None have the skill, scoring record or brains for top level football. Pav is the worst of a mediocre bunch. Top striker URGENTLY needed.

  7. Parklane

    August 18, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Russian Donkey!!! Rasiak was better!!!

  8. Fletchspur

    August 18, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I was sayng exactly the same about Pav. If Defoe had not have got injured, Crouch would have been on for Pav long before he scored. Glad he did but not that right player for the occasion…. and he was the only one with proper experience of a plastic pitch too.

  9. anomo

    August 18, 2010 at 10:27 am

    hard to say, we were playing on that surface and in my opinion he is lacking confidence, he was always looking over his shoulder to the manager… Give him a run and his confidence will improve he will do more of the things we like and much less of the crap we don’t.. I still think he can become a top class striker for us, just needs time on the pitch.

  10. Tony

    August 18, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Christ – he had a terrible game. But everyone has terrible games from time to time. Yes, perhaps Pav has more than most. But he is the only one of our strikers who can pull out a goal like that. But let’s be honest, Bassong, Dawson and Ekotto had terrible games too. Wilson was off the pace. Modders was not on it either. You could have put Rooney and Drogba up front for us and we still would have been 3-0 down after half an hour. I also feel that out of the 4, Pav is the one would get the most goals if played all season. Yet, he will also will put in the most poor performances out of the lot too. Only replace him if something better comes in, and for me, Pav is better than Keane, so Pav should stay.

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  12. Tony

    August 18, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Can I also outline the fact that also (whilst still being very early days), all 4 strikers have played in 2 games and Pav is the only one to score so far. It was by no means a sitter either. As for scoring records, Drogba’s record was quite disappointing until last season. Sometimes it takes a while to settle.

  13. Darbinho

    August 18, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Pav will be our best forward this year. Everyone was bad last night. No need to make him a scapegoat. BAE was terrible but was our best player on Saturday, on last night he, Daws and Bassong should never be picked again but that is obviously ridiculous. It’s early doors and was a tricky game, no point making judgments on it. Pav will have a great season and score us a hatful.
    1 vote for Super Pav

  14. Nickspurs

    August 18, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Pav may not have had a good night (who did?) but you all on here seem to forget the goals he scored to clinch that 4th spot. He was prolific at the end of last season and should be 1st choice striker. Crouch is hopeless, even Fabio preferred to bring on Heskey. 8 goals for Crouch last season is nowhere near good enough and don`t forget all those home games we didn`t score with him playing (Wolves, Wigan, etc etc). He has no movement, no pace, he can`t even head a ball well.

  15. Graham

    August 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    He scores goals . I think people are getting too worked up about last night 3-2 defeat away from home is reasonable . If we blow it at home then we do not deserve to qualify .

  16. Kiran

    August 18, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Yes Pav had a bad game, but then again so did pretty much every other player with the exception of Huddlestone who seemed to change the flow of the game.
    I also noticed that Pav seemed to be the only forward player pressing their defense when they were in possesion until Keane came on later in the game. At times Pav was the only player closing down and you could see him turn is exasperation and gesture to Defoe, Kranjar and Gio to push up and pressure their players.

  17. tony

    August 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    truth is spurs didnt turn up until the second half.roman the more i see him the more puzzled iam by his play.89 minutes he goes thru the motions.90 min he scores.too many questions and no answers.need striker with greater skill and control.

  18. ProperFan

    August 18, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Some of you make me laugh, I take it that you obviously don’t go home and away but simply watch 8 minutes on MOTD and feel that you know your club. Pav is by far the best finisher at Spurs and to write him off is simply astonishing. Palacios gave the ball away more than Pav last night and don’t forget that Bassongs goal came from a deflected (on target) Pav strike. Mugs.

  19. Jay

    August 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    He is ok but not good enough, the one thing last night taught everyone that many spurs fans dont agree with is Tom Huddlestone is our most important player, we need someone to play with him but he has been great for the past year and half, Palacios needs to do more passing drills in training, and we need a striker, i personally dont think the 4 of them are good enough, though I would keep Crouch and Defoe for the options they bring, Keane is crap I cant stand commentators getting excited when he comes on it makes me laugh they did the same on saturday as they did last night, “keanes class could change the game” bollocks, he didnt do anything in either game and lost it ever since he moved to liverpool

  20. Spurs Oz

    August 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I can’t believe how many BLIND spurs supporters are out there. PAV would have to be our worst striker. He’s LAZY. Big deal if he scored one goal last night how many simple ones does he miss??? Spurs paid 14mil for him and he’s not good enough. Brian Mc wrote it perfectly. We need a top class STRIKER.

  21. Eric

    August 18, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Those calling Pav a donkey, you lot are clowns. singling him out for abuse. Grow up clowns. The entire team did not play well.
    And it was not that horrible, 3 shots 3 goals is just a fluke for them.

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