A section of Spurs fans might not necessarily agree with the assessment but our Brazilian midfielder Paulinho declares himself happy with the start to his Tottenham career. The 25 year old scored his seventh league goal of the season against Fulham at the weekend – his first at White Hart Lane and afterwards he reflected on the 2013-14 campaign as a whole.

“It’s my first season in the Premier League, I’ve played a lot of games and yes, I’m happy with seven goals,” he told the club’s official website.

“Everyone knows the first season is difficult. It’s a change of football after playing in Brazil, a change of lifestyle and I’m delighted to score seven goals.

“The most important thing was that we took three points against Fulham. Now we prepare for a tough game against Stoke.”

Goals from midfield are important but Paulinho’s all round play has come in for a little criticism along with the hint from head coach Tim Sherwood that he lacked a little ‘fight’. What’s your opinion – are you happy with the player’s contribution to a forgettable season?

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  1. Well, all things considered, it has been an okay season from Paulinho. Much like most of the signings, plenty of unrealised potential and room for improvement.A better coach would have seen him fare better in his overall gameplay.

  2. Its always a good season for Lennon, just got to chill out on the right side and run back to see what’s going on with my friends

  3. I tend to agree with you, Nithin. I’m hoping Paulinho stays and develops with Spurs, as I think there’s much in store here. In the games I recall seeing Paulinho at his best, he was able to — perhaps not surprisingly — balance the strength, fluidity, and directness required in playing in the EPL with some wonderful flourishes and technique we have come to associate with the “beautiful game,” for better or ill. In essence, a hunger to attack with strength balanced with a solid game awareness culminating in beautiful one-touch football and delicious backheels and pullbacks.

  4. An outstanding player for Brazil(last summer’s Confederation Cup in particular).Certain that he will explode onto the field next season.A Spurs Legend in the making.

  5. My mouth waters at the prospect of an accomplished coach/manager developing a system which can incorporate Paulinho, Sandro and Dembel`e, all playing in the centre of the park, at the same time. (4-3-3 maybe?), with the three up top being:Eriksen behind Adebayor and Lamela coming in from the right (Soldado playing for position against the other two up top )

    Ps Good article

    COYS

  6. I agree, paulinho is an excellant player in the making. He had three man of the match performances at the beginning of the season. With a new manager and playing along with sandro and dembelee with ade, lamela we really could be a force to be reckoned with. Desperatley need a cb and lb and left midfield to add balance and strength. A new manager and stadium on the way… coys

  7. Paulinho had a shakey start which is to be expected but he really started to find his form in the build up to christmas. The games leading up to the Stoke game on boxing saw much brazilian flare and he was putting in top performances. Unfortunately Mr Adam put an end to that run of form and I feel he hasn’t really got back to 100% since then. One eye on the World Cup for sure. It’s in brasil so you can understand why he wouldn’t want to miss it in his home country. i understand why he might be slightly pissed off with the fact that he was lied to about Bale etc etc but the World cup isn’t really our problem and he should not have moved to a tough european league if he didn’t want to get injured. I expect him to be benched for this game as his head won’t be in the right place considering Charlie Adam will be on the pitch

  8. Great energy, movement and class (he was astounding against Stoke until Mr Adam ended his shift prematurely) but my only gripe with him is his inability to defend.

    But who needs to worry about that if you have Dembele and Sandro on your side. Man, that’s like a dream midfield.

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