“First, I want to thank Tottenham for believing in me,”
“I am very happy and excited to have joined Spurs. It’s a huge pleasure for my career to be at a club as big as Tottenham. I know it will be a huge challenge but I think I can help all my colleagues to succeed and give a lot of happiness to the supporters.” Words from Paulinho on his first Interview over at Tottenham’s official website
So who is Tottenham’s first summer signing and what is he about?
José Paulo Bezerra Maciel Júnior, or Paulinho for short, which ever you want to go for really, is a 24-year-old midfielder, who has signed from Brazilian club, Corinthians, for a transfer fee rumoured to be £18 million.
While Tottenham already have a Brazilian in their ranks, Paulinho will add the Samba flair people normally expect from a Brazilian.
Though he is young he has a lot of experience. He has forced his way into the national team, with most getting their first look at the player during the Confederations Cup 2013, and during his Corinthians career Paulinho won the Brasileiro Série A (2011); Fifa Club World Cup and the Copa Libertadores (2012); Campeonato Paulista (2013) as well as being nominated in the team of the year in 2011 & 2012 he was rated as third best player in the Confederations Cup (2013) winning the Bronze Ball.
If we translated what he has achieved in Brazil as a player to we would be talking about a player that by the age of 23 was a regular for his national team, had won the League and the Champions League with one of the biggest clubs from the continent and is regular in the team of the year.
So in other words Tottenham have signed an extremely talented and exciting young player with bags of potential.
Style of play
Tottenham will be getting a player that is more in the mould of Dembele than of Sandro. He is strong and likes to dribble, pushing the team forward into more advanced areas. He may have a better shot than Dembele as Paulinho has scored 37 goals in three seasons for Corinthians in all competitions while Dembele has only scored 9.
When it comes to assisting his team Dembele just edges it with one more assist on nine, compared to Paulinho’s 8, but to put those stats into perspective Paulinho has played 140 games compared to Dembele 101. Near enough a whole seasons worth of games.
In these terms Paulinho has scored a goal every 3.7 games, while Dembele scores 1 in every 11.2. When it comes to assists Paulinho assists 1 in every 17.5, while Dembele will assist 1 in every 11.2.
By the stats Spurs have signed themselves a goal scoring midfielder. With Sandro and Dembele in midfield alongside Paulinho, Tottenham’s midfield is going to be greatly improved and with the addition of a new striker Tottenham would really be pushing on from last season.
Paulinho said on the Spurs website “I brought the sun with me from Brazil and it’s very welcome!” well Spurs fans are happy about that, but they will be much happier if he is bringing success to Tottenham from Brazil too!