It’s safe to say Paulinho isn’t exactly a fan favourite at Tottenham Hotspur.
The Brazilian midfielder has been immensely underwhelming in terms of performances since joining Spurs almost two years ago. Most wonder if he is indeed the same player who had impressed on countless occasions for his country prior to his arrival in England.
Nevertheless, Mauricio Pochettino tends to prefer Paulinho to other bit-part squad members. He was picked in the starting eleven for Tottenham’s trip to Newcastle; here’s how Twitter reacted when the team news was released.
WHY PAULINHO WHY?
— Ben McAleer (@BenMcAleer1) April 19, 2015
People who think this game matters and Paulinho's here for any other reason than to advertise him to other clubs <
— Corbit (@Corbit_THFC) April 19, 2015
— Dave Cheevers (@dcheevers11) April 19, 2015
I can only guess but as half our squad are "already on their holidays" MP is making sure that the Margate scout gets a good view of Paulinho
— Paul Hansford (@paulyid) April 19, 2015
Honestly baffles me how Paulinho is even in the 18 man squad. I'd have Stambouli and Dembélé over him any day. #THFC
— Spurs Views (@SpursViews_) April 19, 2015
Paulinho selected over Mousaa Dembele. If that doesn't signal the end of your Spurs career then I don't know what does. #THFC
— Ricky Sacks (@GlobalSpur) April 19, 2015
Paulinho is that leftover piece when you put together flatpack furniture. You know it should fit somewhere but you'll never figure out where
— Ashley Lawrence (@AshleySLawrence) April 19, 2015
Think its a decent team out. Dont know how Chadli and Paulinho are currently getting games though, Dembele should be in for Paulinho…
— G Yido (@Georgaldinho) April 19, 2015