Pavlyuchenko promises 20 goals next season

Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko appears set to stay at White Hart Lane next season, and is promising at least 20 goals for the club in 2009/10 after spending the summer recuperating.

The 27-year-old has endured an exhaustive and frustrating first season at Spurs, arriving in North London last September having not had a significant rest from domestic duties with Spartak Moscow and international action with his country at Euro 2008.

The £13.8 million signing has made just 28 Premier League appearances for the club in 2008/09, scoring five goals - the last in Tottenham's 1-0 win over London rivals West Ham in April.

And the Russian international's future appeared bleak last weekend, after storming down the tunnel following his substitution in Spurs' 2-1 win over Manchester City.

But having apologised for his actions and holding talks with manager Harry Redknapp, the front-man has revealed his target for next season, and that he believes he will have no problem achieving it.

"When the press interpreted my leaving the field after the substitution against Manchester City as a demonstration of dissatisfaction with the decision of the trainer I was honestly shocked," he told Sport Express.

“I explained on the club's official website that the reaction was not to do with unhappiness at my substitution, but unhappiness at my own game.

“We had a very long chat. Redknapp explained that he understood that in such a long season, as this one has been for me, there will be dry spells.

“He made it clear that he has high hopes for me and said that next year I have to score 20 goals.

“I answered the coach 'no problem'.”

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