First of all, Paulinho at the age of 25 is three years younger than Fernandinho who is 28, so Paulinho is more likely to improve his game and have more years of top quality football left in him compared to Fernandinho.
Paulinho's value is also unlikely to fall too much due to his age, unlike Fernandinho, who will be hitting his 30's soon enough when his value will plummet.
Paulinho cost an at the time club record £17million for Spurs; £13million less than Manchester City's purchase of his Brazilian counterpart.
Paulinho also scored goals more regularly for his previous club Corinthians with 20 in 86 appearances at an average of one in every 4.3 games compared to Fernandinho's record for Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk of 31 goals in 184 appearances at an average of one in every 5.9 games.
Paulinho has also featured more prominently on the international scene with five goals in 18 caps for Brazil, including an equaliser in the 2-2 draw at Wembley against England, and two goals in four appearances at the Confederations Cup earning him the Bronze Ball award for the third best player of the tournament.
This is in contrast to just five international caps for Fernandinho with no goals, just one cap in 2012 and none in 2013.
Paulinho has already put in a man of the match performance on his debut at Selhurst Park and scored midweek in the Europa League, while Fernandinho has yet to hit the headlines for City.
Paulinho has shown promising signs of a combination of breaking up the play, stringing passes together and he has the knack of making late runs into the box to support club record signing Roberto Soldado, which earned him the goal in midweek and a few good chances in the league as well.
From the stats and recent performances, I think it's fair to say that Spurs have nabbed the better Brazilian of the two, with better value for money and quality.
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