Pavel Pogrebnyak is rumoured to be one of the highest paid players for Reading Football Club but the Russian striker has played sparingly so far in the 2014-15 season and scored only one goal. As such, much scrutiny has been focused on the player and even more so after a recent interview he had which was printed in the Russian media.
He mentioned in the interview that he is happy to see out the remainder of his contract and is not planning to go anywhere. However, he did note that there are important financial considerations because of his high salary, reportedly GNP 65,000 per week. Moreover, he is not starting or playing much as the manager, Nigel Adkins has been using Glenn Murray as his striker in most games.
For Reading footballer fans his comments made some wonder if he was content just being on the bench and it is why the comments of the manager have become so important.
He stated to the media that while Pavel Pogrebnyak has not been playing in games he cannot complain about his work ethic in practice as he has been working very hard and if he were not he would make him well aware of that situation.
The Russian footballer striker who when with "Zenit St. Petersburg" was referred to by star footballer Andrei Arshavin as "Velikiy Po which means "Po the Great" has demonstrated a great attitude in practice according to manager Nigel Adkins.
Pavel Pogrebnyak has acted like a professional and interestingly, did not 'jump ship' as many players might have after their teams were relegated to the second division but instead has honoured his contract and is trying to help his team return to the Premier Division.
His work ethic has the approval of his manager and that usually hints to the possibility of a player return to the pitch as a starter. Fans of Reading F.C. should not be surprised if soon Pavel Pogrebnyak is back on the pitch during games as a starter because his work has earned him the attention of his manager.