The transfer of Paulinho to Tottenham is expected to be completed in the near future after the Corinthians midfielder confirmed that he's on the way to White Hart Lane.
There was speculation linking the Brazil international with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, but it seems Spurs have won the race for his signature. And as he looks like he could be well suited to the Premier League, he will be a great asset for Tottenham.
For Brazil he plays mainly as a holding midfielder, looking to link up the play and spread the ball out wide to open up the pitch, or pass forward to allow the attacking talent of Brazil to get on the front foot.
However, for his current club team Corinthians he plays slightly more advanced and was a key element in them winning the Club World Club last season, with a win against Chelsea in the final.
Therefore he would offer Spurs versatility, although I would expect him to play more as a holding midfielder to coincide with the expected departure of the likes of Tom Huddleston and possibly Scott Parker.
He would give the Tottenham team a better balance and relieve some of the burden placed on Mousa Dembele, as last season he was the ball-playing holding midfielder whereas Parker was seen as the person to break up play.
Having two ball-playing holding midfielders who can both break up play means Dembele and Paulinho can create a relationship, where if one goes slightly more forward the other can hold and help protect against a counter attack. This relationship could help Tottenham secure a top-four finish.
When the move is completed I feel he could become a key element in the side, enabling them to maintain possession.
In addition to this he can play that killer ball to the forward players, as seen in the Confederations Cup match between Brazil and Uruguay with the pass to Neymar which resulted in a goal for Fred.
His other attributes are his strength both in terms of holding off challenges and his aerial ability, as seen with his match-winning goal again Uruguay in the Confederations Cup semi-final.
The ability to drive his team forward coupled with a typical Brazilian technical ability should make him a perfect match and an instant hit in the Premier League.
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