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By ESPN Staff

Pavlyuchenko suffering on Spurs' bench - agent

Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko's performances on the pitch are being affected by ''psychological problems'', his agent has claimed.

• Sandro flattered by interest

The Russia forward failed to impress in the 2-0 Carling Cup win over Everton on Tuesday having been handed a rare start.

Agent Oleg Artemov said in the Sun: ''His poor performance recently is not due to a lack of match practice but psychological problems. Of course, not getting into the starting line-up, sitting on the bench is not good for any player.

''But Roman is much more affected by the feeling that the manager doesn't trust him and prefers to use other forwards.''

Pavlyuchenko, who was brought to White Hart Lane by former manager Juande Ramos, is competing with Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and Peter Crouch for a place in the Spurs attack.

And Artemov hinted he may have to leave the club in search of more regular first-team football to avoid harming his international chances ahead of next summer's World Cup in South Africa.

He added: ''The World Cup is next summer, to waste another half a year on the bench may be very bad for his international career.''

  • Sandro flattered by interest

    Brazilian starlet Sandro has admitteds he is flattered by Tottenham's interest in his services.

    Spurs failed with a bid to land the Internacional midfielder in the summer, and manager Harry Redknapp has reiterated his liking for the player this week. Now Sandro, who received his maiden call-up to the Brazil squad in September, has admitted he would look at an offer from England.

    "I am aware that clubs have watched me and read about Tottenham's interest, which is very flattering," he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. "The Premier League is a great challenge for any player so I will look at any offers from England but my club will decide my future."

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