Tim Sherwood: Paulinho must earn place in Tottenham Hotspur side
Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has insisted that Paulinho will have to earn his place in the first-team.
The Brazil international has fallen out of favour at the London based club in recent weeks and admits he is unhappy with his lack of playing time.
Sherwood, however, maintains that he will not be pressured into selected Paulinho and has suggested that the midfielder is still adjusting to life in England.
“I pick players on what they are doing in training, not on reputations and price tags,” he said, as reported by Sky Sports.
‘I can’t be worrying if the Brazil national manager wants him to play every week. I am going to do what is best for Tottenham, not any national manager.
“He knows if he trains well and plays well, he stays in the side. He’s come here from another country and the language has been a problem for him.
“Also settling into the Premier League, it’s a different game from what he has been used to.
“It’s very fast with no respite and we play a completely different way to the Brazil team and the team he has come from.
“He won’t find any Premier League team similar to what he has been used to. But he trains well and wants to be a success.”