Reasons for midfielder’s first-team snub revealed.
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho has not been a regular part of the first-team at White Hart Lane this season because he is still suffering from Brazil’s humiliation at this summer’s World Cup, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The 26-year-old, who joined Spurs from Corinthians in a £17m move last summer, started well in the Premier League before finding himself out of favour towards the end of last season.
Still, the midfielder was included in Brazil’s squad as they hosted the World Cup, though he was one of the unfortunate members of the team to be on the end of that infamous 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany in the semi-finals, as well as another poor showing in the third-place playoff as they lost 3-0 to the Netherlands.
Some Brazilian players, including the likes of Oscar and Willian at Chelsea, have recovered well from this setback, but Paulinho is supposedly still struggling to deal with the embarrassing nature of his country’s exit from the tournament this summer.
Paulinho has only played four Premier League games so far this season and may struggle to get back into the team, despite recent claims from Mauricio Pochettino that he would not be considering selling the player in January.