5 players who have shocked everyone with their performances this season
Every season has its superstars. It also has its consistent performers like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, who never seem to disappoint and keep their performances above the rest all throughout the season.
This season has thrown up a handful of performers who have shocked the fans of their clubs as well as pundits with their performances so far. They have come up with displays that have been a pleasant surprise to their supporters.
Here is a look at 5 such players who have gone on to make a name for themselves above and beyond the subdued expectations of their fans:
Not many were thrilled when Barcelona announced the signing of Paulinho last summer from the Chinese Super League. After all, the midfielder was a flop during his time with Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
However, the Brazil international has proved everyone wrong with his displays and has already scored 8 goals and provided 2 assists this season. His runs from midfield have proven to be a vital weapon for the Catalans and his stats aren't bad either - 87.8% pass success rate, 1.1 tackles per 90 minutes, having played 1924 minutes.
More importantly, the addition of Paulinho to the Blaugrana squad adds a new dimension to their game, as his physicality is something Barcelona have missed ever since the departure of Yaya Toure.
Paulinho will also be a vital weapon for the Brazilians in the world cup in Russia.