Roma want Tottenham midfielder - why Spurs should keep him

The Italian side are being linked with a summer move for Paulinho, but the North London side would be wise to hold onto the Brazilian.

It is fair to say that beyond Christian Eriksen, Tottenham’s summer signings have failed to live up to their billing.

Paulinho is one that Spurs fans have seen glimpses of excellence from, but the Brazil international has not been consistently at a standard to completely win over the White Hart Lane faithful.

With Tim Sherwood’s squad set to be evaluated in the summer, The Daily Mail have stated that Roma are hot on the heels of Paulinho and want to bring him to Italy in the off-season.

However, with the midfielder set to play a part for Brazil at this summer’s World Cup, should Tottenham sell him or give him another opportunity to live up to his billing next season?

Paulinho’s box-to-box play has been a plus point in his time at Tottenham, with good movement off the ball noticeable.

The South American has a good work rate and gets himself into attacking positions that have heralded plenty of goalscoring opportunities.

However, Spurs fans have been frustrated with Paulinho’s wayward finishing, with the player also accused of not being strong enough in the tackle at times too.

Although competition for place in the Tottenham midfield means that Paulinho is not an automatic starter, Spurs would be foolish to offload a player that has not shown the fans what he is fully capable of yet.

He has starred for his country alongside and against the best in the world, and teething problems with language and getting used to a new style of football have taken their toll at Spurs.

Paulinho has the potential to be a top player for Tottenham however, and will surely improve in his second season at the club. To sell him now could be a major faux-pas by a club in need of quality.

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