Redknapp rallies his Spurs stars

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Roman Pavlyuchenko must prove he is 'up for the challenge' and fight for his place if he wants to re-establish himself in the Tottenham team says Harry Redknapp.

The 29-year-old Russian international has made just one appearance in the Barclays Premier League from the bench this season, and thanks to the fine form of loan signing Emmanuel Adebayor, the £14million signing from Spartak Moscow has found opportunities limited at White Hart Lane so far this campaign.

The Togolese striker has hit the ground running since his arrival from Manchester City, with three goals in two Spurs appearances - and he also looks to be establishing a good partnership with Jermain Defoe.

"Hopefully he will come to life," Redknapp said of Pavlyuchenko. "When he is up for it, he can play.

"But there's a good understanding developing between Adebayor and Jermain Defoe. Those two are going well.


"And Rafa van der Vaart plays off the main striker as well so there is competition there for a place."

Redknapp also revealed that Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes is disappointed to have fallen down the pecking order following the summer arrival of Brad Friedel, and with Carlo Cudicini providing reliable back-up, there is great competition for places between the sticks, which could result in Gomes leaving in January.

"I would think he [Gomes] won't be happy," confirmed Redknapp. "He wants to play at the World Cup [in 2014] with Brazil, so it's going to be a problem.

"We'll wait until the next window and see where that takes us. He's done nothing wrong. He's a fantastic goalkeeper and a great pro.

"I'm very lucky I have three top goalkeepers here and it's unlucky for the two not in the team."

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