GETAFE 1-2 BARCELONA PAULINHO SHOWS WHY BARCA BOUGHT HIM TO PILE PRESSURE ON MADRID
The Brazilian midfielder was widely written off before he kicked a ball for the Catalan club, but responded with a vital winner at Getafe on Saturday
The signing of Paulinho was received amid much pessimism by Barcelona fans who had hoped to see Marco Verratti brought in to strengthen their midfield. However, on Saturday, we saw just why the Blaugrana bought the Brazilian.
The former Tottenham midfielder was purchased for €40 million, an expensive fee for a 29-year-old playing in China, and there were boos and jeers at Camp Nou as he was unveiled the day after Barca's 5-1 Spanish Supercopa loss on aggregate to Real Madrid.
To make matters worse, the midfielder miscontrolled the ball as he tried to show his skills to the supporters, who showed their dissatisfaction by calling for the resignation of president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Barcelona were forced to come from behind against a resolute Getafe side but remain perfect in La Liga.
Poor Paulinho appeared to be a symbol of the troubled reign at Barca and a player seemingly unsuited to the Catalans' style of play, but he himself asked for time to prove himself for his new team.