Tottenham Hotspur signed a number of players this summer – some that appear to have fitted in better than others.
One man tipped to make a huge impact at White Hart Lane was Brazilian Paulinho, who had just enjoyed an impressive Confederations Cup campaign for his country.
But suspension and injury robbed him of game-time during the winter, and more recently the midfielder has had to make do with a place on the bench for the games against Chelsea, Arsenal and Southampton.
Speaking to Globo Esporte, the 25-year-old said, “I understand the team rotation because that’s how it works here, but I am not feeling well or comfortable. I want to be present, I want to play.”
Given recent circumstances, it appears he will have to go some to convince Tim Sherwood to play him regularly. But there is no doubt that on his day, Paulinho is a very impressive player.
With new managers come new ideas and new chances. And as the player tipped to be a Spurs star now finds himself linked with a possible exit, it will be interesting to see what his future brings.
But there is one thing he is certain of, and that is that whatever his struggles in a different country, the language of his work is universal.
“The football language is easier,” he said. “That’s not a problem on the pitch.”
Now he just needs to get on there and show what he can do on a regular basis.