Tottenham’s players have generally been united while voicing their opinions over Head Coach Tim Sherwood while Brazilian midfielder Paulinho was the first to break rank and raise his displeasure at a spell on the sidelines.
“I always want to play,” Paulinho said. “I understand the team rotation because that’s how it works here, but I am not feeling well or comfortable. I want to be present, I want to play,” Paulinho said earlier in the week.
Many would argue that the player’s efforts since his summer transfer haven’t warranted an automatic place in the starting XI and Sherwood reacted to the comments yesterday (Wednesday).
“I pick players on what they are doing in training, not on reputations and price tags,” he said.
“I can’t be worrying if the Brazil national manager wants him to play every week. I am going to do what is best for Tottenham, not any national manager.
Tim also hinted at issues in training that may have kept Paulinho out of the team.
“He knows if he trains well and plays well, he stays in the side. He’s come here from another country and the language has been a problem for him,” he added
“Also settling into the Premier League, it’s a different game from what he has been used to.”
Whether the player responds or not remains to be seen but we will find out whether Paulinho has impressed Tim Sherwood sufficiently when team news is announced for Monday night’s game with Sunderland.