Paulinho came to Tottenham this window for what at the time was a transfer record £17 million for the club. They have since broken that transfer record twice more on Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela.
What exactly will Paulinho bring to the North London outfit? Well for previous club Corinthians, Paulinho netted 20 times in 86 appearances. Although the Brazilian league is quite different from that of the Barclay’s Premier League, this highlights that the midfielder has attacking tendencies. He looks to get forward and create things for his team and can chip in with a useful number of goals.
The goal scoring area is where Tottenham will want to build on having sold their main goal threat, in Gareth Bale, to Real Madrid. They have perhaps envisioned that Soldado and Lamela can provide their main goal threat this season. But having players in midfield that can produce moments of magic and contribute to the goal haul, will no doubt improve the clubs chances of breaking back into the top four and securing that coveted Champions League place.
Manager Villas-Boas has reportedly said that the club will not be able to challenge for the league title this season. This may just be the manager trying to downplay the excitement that has grown at the club, out of the business done in the transfer window, in order to make sure that the squad keep their feet on the ground. It may also be in response to Jose Mourinho’s praise of Tottenham’s transfer dealings in which he labelled them ‘kings of the transfer market.’
Either way I tend to agree that challenging for the title is a step too far for Spurs this season, they should concentrate on merging their signings into the squad successfully and making a push for fourth. Should they be able to get talents like Paulinho firing on all cylinders however, the season could be a bright one for Tottenham Hotspur.