For the second successive match Paulinho has had to leave the White Hart Lane pitch early in the second half. Against Liverpol he was sent off for a high challenge on Luis Suarez and was suspended for three games. The game against Stoke was his first match back and he looked refreshed from his enforced break and was playing a very influential part for Spurs.
Charlie Adam was introduced by Mark Hughes as a substitute five minutes after half-time and in a challenge on Paulinho twelve minutes later, the Brazilian went down with an ankle injury. As he hobbled off, Paulinho appeared, according to the Daily Express, to berate Mark Hughes for his tactics.
Paulinho now joins a growing list of players on Spurs’ injury list – Jan Vertonghen, Andros Townsend, Sandro, Danny Rose and Younes Kaboul – which is making life more difficult for Sherwood.
Charlie Adam v Spurs
Adam has history against Tottenham.
- In May, 2011 when playing for Blackpool it was his ‘stamp’ on Gareth Bale which brought the Tottenham player’s season to a premature end through injury.
- In September, 2011 he was sent off against Spurs at White Hart Lane when playing for Liverpool. My match report recorded the incident,
‘Charlie Adam was sent off for a second bookable offence when his foot caught Parker about knee-height as they went for a dropping ball on the edge of the penalty area. It could be said that, ‘Justice had been done – if six months late,’ as Adam was fortunate to avoid a red card for Blackpool last season when his foul tackle ended Bale’s season.’
- In a preseason friendly against Liverpool in July, 2012 in the USA, Adam made headlines for another incident with Bale. Andre Villas-Boas, newly appointed as Spurs manager, was enraged by the Adam tackle.
- Last season in May, 2013 he was sent off for Stoke in the match against Spurs for two bookings for challenges on Jan Vertonghen. The match report provided the details.
‘Adam had been booked for a challenge on Jan Vertonghen just before the interval and then within 90 seconds of the restart he was shown a second yellow card for another foul on the full back.‘
According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham are considering a formal complaint to the Football Association against Charlie Adam.
Once is an accident, twice raises suspicions but five incidents involving Charlie Adam raises major concerns and Tottenham are justified in raising the matter with the Football Association.
Charlie Adam has denied any vendetta against Tottenham in response to abuse he’s received from Spurs fans on Twitter.