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Paulinho is the most dangerous midfielder in La Liga this season

The summer signing from China has proved there is a way back from the Far East

Barcelona are back.

Having fallen behind Real Madrid domestically and in Europe in recent seasons it looks like the Catalans are back to their best this year.

Lionel Messi is in sparkling form, with 14 league goals already from 16 games.

I will step up when you don’t score Lionel

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I will step up when you don’t score Lionel

But there is always a question of if Messi isn’t performing who takes up the mantle?

Luis Suarez seems to have lost his killer instinct and Gerard Deulofeu is certainly not Neymar.

Step forward Paulinho.


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THE TOP SCORING MIDFIELDER IN LA LIGA

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THE TOP SCORING MIDFIELDER IN LA LIGA

Having spent two years topping up his bank account with Guangzhou Evergrande, Barcelona brought him back from the shadows in the summer.

With his experience of playing under his former international manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, the midfielder has improved vastly on the version we saw turning out for Spurs.

And the Brazilian is stepping up with goals, a lot of goals.


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Paulinho congratulating his understudy

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Paulinho congratulating his understudy

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Paulinho is the highest scoring midfielder in La Liga this season with six goals.

More than Isco, more than Goncalo Guedes, more than Andres Iniesta and that’s just midfielders.

He has also bagged more times in the league than Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann.

Read it and weep, Antoine

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Read it and weep, Antoine

It shows that there can be life after China.

Barcelona shocked a lot of people when they made a £35 million outlay to sign the defensive midfielder.

But, as is often the way at Barcelona, he has been transformed into one of the most dangerous central players in the league.

Who saw that one coming, Spurs fans?