Brazilian midfielder Paulinho has stated he wants to be Tottenham's version of Frank Lampard when he begins life as a Premier League player next season.

"This comparison is a responsibility I will take, I will not run away from it. Lampard is a great player not only for Chelsea but world football," said Paulinho.

"I intend to follow in his footsteps as he is a very professional guy. David Luiz always speaks of him on international duty.

"I’ve always looked at what Lampard does and to me, he is a phenomenon – the way he hits the ball, what positions he takes up. He really is incredible."

The young star is indeed very good as he has shown by becoming a hero for Corinthians, with whom he has won the 2011 Brasileirao and 2012 Copa Libertadores.

He also scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against then European champions Chelsea in the 2012 Club World Cup final.

Paulinho had a very impressive Confederations Cup this year, scoring a goal against Japan in Brazil's first game of the tournament which they won 3-0.

He then scored an 86th-minute goal to send Brazil into the final with a 2-1 win. Brazil went on to win the tournament by absolutely outclassing the brilliant Spanish side and Paulinho was given the bronze ball for being voted the third best player of the tournament. 

Tottenham fans will have a fantastic talent joining them next season, adding even more excitement to the already dramatic Premier League. 

He has what it takes to do great things with the improving club who have agreed to fork out £17million on him.

At just 24, he does have the time and ability to do what he has set his sights on. 

Spurs will definitely be an even bigger threat to other clubs in the fight for Champions League football and even the Premier League title.

Whether or not he can emulate Lampard is another story - but it would be an outstanding achievement if he did!


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