Former Argentina talisman Juan Roman Riquelme would possibly not be stunned by means of the midfielder’s upward push. He when put next Paulinho to Chelsea legend Frank Lampard again in 2013!
Plenty of eyebrows have been raised when Barca coughed up £35million to signal Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande within the Chinese Super League.
And extra questions have been requested when the 29-year-old failed to organize greater than only a few kick-u.s.all the way through his Nou Camp unveiling.
But with the Catalan membership sitting beautiful on the best of La Liga with a 100 in line with cent document, Paulinho has had a large affect in his transient time on the membership.
“Paulinho is similar [in style] to Frank Lampard, with the difference being that he’s black,” Riquelme mentioned when his Boca Juniors facet met Corinthians within the 2013 Copa Libertadores.
“He can scored headed targets too.
“He will have a foul recreation, and nonetheless ranking towards you.
“Chelsea’s Lampard is the same.”
Paulinho’s two targets for Barcelona have taken him to a profession overall of 101 up to now – now not a foul tally for anyone who couldn’t hack it within the Premier League.
But he nonetheless has some distance to cross to catch Lampard, who bagged an important 274 targets right through his profession.
Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has been stuffed with reward for his signing, specifically since their 6-1 win over Eibar which noticed Lionel Messi ranking 4 occasions.
“[Paulinho] provides one thing other, one thing we did not have within the squad with the opposite gamers,” Valverde mentioned.
“He makes the ones runs into the realm, he is [a threat] from set performs.
“At the start, he was once just a little misplaced, however he is been getting up to velocity.
“Other gamers have extra positional play; he is energy, breaking the strains, set performs.
“The purpose[s] have helped him settle.”