Tottenham Hotspur ace Paulinho had one of his least effective performances of the season on Sunday as Spurs were held to a 0-0 stalemate at Burnley.
The Brazilian international has spent much of the campaign on the sidelines, starting just two Premier League matches all season as he finds himself down the midfield pecking order.
Owing to a number of injuries for the trip to Turf Moor, Paulinho was named in the starting XI in an advanced midfield role – a position normally occupied by either Christian Eriksen or Mousa Dembele.
It was a rare start and an opportunity to prove his worth to boss Mauricio Pochettino, however the 26-year-old did his future chances of a regular spot more harm than good as his efforts ultimately proved in vain.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Corinthians star offered little in the final third and struggled to link up with striker Harry Kane.
Over the course of the 90 minutes, he took one shot but failed to create any chances via key passes or complete any successful take-ons.
He visitors looked to find him a lot, illustrated by his 57 touches, but with only 35 accurate passes and a 76.1% success rate, his distribution was ultimately lacking.
Paulinho, a regular box-to-box midfielder, perhaps was played slightly out of position but that shouldn’t him for lacking in the basics and failing to press from the front.
He didn’t manage to win possession of the ball once in the final third, thus making it more difficult for his side to apply pressure and counter high up the pitch.
With just seven games of the Premier League season remaining, it will be interesting to see how much game-time he is afforded as the Lillywhites look to secure Europa League football for next season.