Ex-Celtic star awards Paulinho man of the match against Newcastle

The Tottenham man is widely considered a flop, but was recognised after his performance in the 3-1 win.

It's fair to say that Tottenham midfielder Paulinho hasn't had the best of seasons this year, but after participating in Spurs' 3-1 win over Newcastle on Sunday, he may be looking forward to the last few games of the season a little more than he'd have expected.

Paulinho was even awarded man of the match in what was just his third league start of the season. Former Celtic star Davie Provan gave the award to Paulinho during the Sky Sports commentary, ignoring the impressive contributions of Nabil Bentaleb, Danny Rose and Harry Kane.

And if nothing else, it will offer a little hope to the 26-year-old, who arguably had his best game of the season at St James's Park.

The club's Brazil international has returned to the first team picture somewhat in recent weeks, and has now started two out of the last three Premier League games.

Against Newcastle he put in what was a very solid midfield display alongside Nabil Bentaleb, with the Brazilian's added physicality helping to overpower the home midfield of Mehdi Abeid and Jack Colback. He was also on corner kick duty, and a couple of efforts nearly set up goals for the likes of Kane and Federico Fazio.

Paulinho also added his first league assist of the season in the match, though it was less to do with his pass and more to do with Nacer Chadli's superb long range strike for the opener.

However, with the former Corinthians man getting a healthy amount of minutes under his belt as the Premier League approaches its climax, as well as helping Spurs to three points and netting a man-of-the-match award from Sky Sports, there may yet be the chance of a third season at White Hart Lane .

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