Villas-Boas welcomes Paulinho comparisons to Frank Lampard

The Tottenham manager has heaped praise on his new signing, who has indicated the Portuguese boss played a huge part in bringing him to Spurs from Corinthians this summer.
Andre Villas-Boas has welcomed comparisons between Tottenham midfielder Paulinho and Frank Lampard, and has backed the Brazilian to score goals for Spurs this season.

The 25-year-old is one of the additions to a new-look midfield at White Hart Lane this summer, having secured a 17 million pound move from Corinthians at the start of July.

Paulinho expressed his delight at being likened to the Chelsea legend by fellow South American Juan Roman Riquelme, and Villas-Boas feels Lampard is a fantastic role model on which to base his game.

"I think Frank is a player that he [Paulinho] holds in high esteem," Villas-Boas told OMNISPORT. "He is a fantastic all-round footballer and has reached so many trophies and so much success in his career. For Paulinho to have him as a reference is the best example that you can have.

"He is that type of midfielder – all-rounder with a smell for goal – and I think we will see him score this season for Tottenham."

The Brazil international has discussed his style of play with Villas-Boas in the build-up to his first Premier League season, and revealed his admiration for the former Chelsea manager, highlighting him as a factor in his arrival.

"Andre Villas-Boas is very well regarded in Brazil and he was part of the reason why I joined Tottenham," Paulinho told The Guardian.

"We have been talking about how he wants me to play. It makes things easier that we speak the same language."