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Tottenham Hotspur central midfielder Paulinho has been brutally honest about his progress in learning English.
"The language is the most complicated thing as I am lazy about studying," Paulinho said, per Globo Esporte (h/t Paulo Freitas at Sky Sports). "The football language is easier, that's not a problem on the pitch."
There is a contradiction in his statements.
If he cannot understand management or non-Portuguese speaking players, then there would be some form of problem on the pitch.
It would explain why Paulinho's shot selection has been horrendous (four goals from 57 shots in league play this season) and why he cannot facilitate for his team-mates, despite getting himself into advantageous situations (averages 0.8 key passes per game).
In fairness to Paulinho, anyone who has attempted to learn a new language will attest to how hard it is, let alone trying to learn a new language while dealing with the additional stressors top-flight professional football brings.
When he takes a crash-course in English during the summer, it will help him immensely moving forward.
The positive takeaway is that Paulinho is cognisant of what is holding him back, hence why he has spoken candidly about it.
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