Paulinho: What Tottenham should expect
Tottenham have been heavily linked with Paulinho - here we look what he can bring to White Hart Lane
Brazil are notoriously famous for producing the most exciting attacking players on the planet.
However, a new breed of Samba stars seem to be jumping off the production line.
A good box-to-box midfielder, someone with a real engine, is what any team needs - and especially a national team.
England have Steven Gerrard, Italy have Daniele de Rossi, and Germany have Bastian Schweinsteiger. And now, finally, Brazil seem to have a few.
The latest one to come out of sunny South America, is Corinthians man Paulinho.
The first thing that springs to a keen football fans' mind about Paulinho is most probably the Club World Cup in Japan back in December 2012, and especially the game in which Corinthians defeated Chelsea 1-0.
The Brazil midfielder played a crucial role in that game, playing a large part in Corinthians' goal with a lovely one-two back-heel flick to start the move off, and also caught the eye of many by playing his Chelsea counterpart Ramires off the park.
Paulinho has been hot property in Europe for a few years now, with Internazionale going as far as approaching the player in January to replace outgoing Philippe Coutinho and Wesley Sneijder.
Now we're in late June, and the 24-year-old is popular in Europe once again.
However, his favoured move appears to have come from an unlikely place.
Tottenham's latest appointment of Franco Baldini must have something to do with it, and the north London club appear to have secured the services of Paulinho.
José Paulo Bezerra Maciel Júnior (Paulinho to you and me) started his youth career at 18 at Audax São Paolo. He was loaned out to Lithuania and Poland before returning to Brazil and making his debut.
By 22-years-old, he was playing with the big boys for Tatuapé based club Corinthians.
He is now 24-years-old and has already won the league, the Copa Libatadores and the Club World Cup with his club.
Paulinho is a typical box-to-box midfielder, with outstanding strength, power, and stamina. He has a habit of popping up in the box to tap something in, scoring a thunderbolt from 25 yards, and equally popping up in his own box to make a saving block or tackle.
He hasn't excelled to his full potential in the national side just yet, due to him being paired with the wrong people.
However, at Corinthians, his pairing with Ralf has brought out his qualities brilliantly well. As him and Ralf sit in a defensive role behind the two attacking midfielders in Emerson and Danilo, it gives him the freedom to storm forward into the space leaving Ralf to cover him.
This will ring a bell with Tottenham fans and general football experts.
What he'll bring to White Hart Lane
In a 4-2-3-1, paired with Sandro, Tottenham's midfield next season could be absolutely deadly. With no disrespect to Ralf, Sandro is just an upgraded version of Paulinho's Corinthians colleague, and with Mousa Dembélé in front of them, Spurs could have the most powerful midfield in the Premier League.
If André Villas-Boas plays his cards right, Sandro will develop a brilliant relationship with Paulinho and he will play in the covering role that Ralf has played in this year. This will leave Paulinho to be able to glide forward, giving Tottenham that real killer pass that they have been lacking this season.
Paulinho will also be able to pitch in with goals, which will benefit all parties due to Tottenham's dire goal difference last term.
Securing Paulinho shows real ambition from Tottenham, and will definitely help in securing that illustrious top-four-finish next season, as well as keeping superstar Gareth Bale at White Hart Lane.
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