Guus Hiddink tells Roman Pavlyuchenko: Get nasty otherwise you're finished at Spurs

Roman Pavlyuchenko

Up your game! Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko

Russia coach Guus Hiddink believes Roman Pavlyuchenko's days are numbered at Tottenham Hotspur because he is not 'nasty enough'.

Hiddink, who spent the last four months of last season at Chelsea, insists Pavlyuchenko must start seriously challenging Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch if he wants to remain with Harry Redknapp's side.

And he also says the 27-year-old's place at next year's World Cup in South Africa is under threat if he is not playing regular first team football.

Ironically, Pavlyuchenko scored for Russia in their 3-1 win over Wales but Hiddink remained critical of the player who he says is not pulling his weight at Spurs.

Hiddink said: 'Pav must start fighting for his position at Tottenham. He is a very nice guy but if he was a bit more nasty it would help him go for it.

'He does not use his talents yet at the top level in England and he needs more time because he is a different character.'

'When you saw him in the Euros he was well trained, he was fit and he was aggressive in a good way.

'He was top and showed what he can do. But almost daily you have to grab him and put him under pressure.

'He is sometimes laid-back in using his talents, so I try to chase him a bit. I like to challenge him to use his power.

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'He is a good player but he needs to establish himself more, challenge himself more to reach a higher level of competition.'

Hiddink says he will be keeping a close eye on how many games Pavlyuchenko is playing for Spurs in the lead up to next year's World Cup and has threatened him with the axe if he not playing regularly.

The Dutchman added: 'If he is not playing, it is worrying. If I had even more strikers of high level it would be difficult for him.

'But in the Premier League, teams play about 51 games in a year and when he is playing he must commit himself.'

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