91.8% pass accuracy, 2 dribbles - did Paulinho do enough v Partizan?

Paulinho

Paulinho was handed a rare start in the Europa League. Did he do enough?

A few things happened last night that wouldn't usually. Firstly, a pitch invader ran onto the turf at White Hart Lane. Secondly, two more pitch invaders did the same. And, thirdly, Paulinho was handed a start for Tottenham Hotspur.

The Brazilian made a late substitute appearance in Spurs' Premier League win over Hull City last weekend but this was his first start for some time.

How did he do?

Well, there was good and bad from the Brazilian. Paulinho was not as lively as Benjamin Stambouli or Erik Lamela statistically speaking, though he did show some promise.

As detailed by WhoScored.com, the 26-year-old boasted a 91.8 per cent passing accuracy against Partizan, the third-highest of any Tottenham player.

Paulinho also took two shots (one on target), won two dribbles and created one chance. Defensively, he also won two tackles and interceptions.

Was the Brazilian's contribution enough, however?

It looks as though Paulinho will have to make a huge impression if he is to fight his way back into the Tottenham team for good. Last night, that wasn't quite the case.

But the 26-year-old should not be overly criticised. This was a slow Europa League encounter - one disrupted by pitch invaders - and also the attacking midfielder's first start in a while. If he had to be graded, Paulinho's performance might get a B.

That will only mean anything, though, if it eventually turns into an A...

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