Paulinho’s return to China was a pretty big surprise this summer, but the Brazilian has been in stunning form since re-signing for Guangzhou Evergrande.
In eight games for the Chinese Super League side he’s scored eight times and contributed five assists.
Paulinho's eight games for Guangzhou Evergrande since returning to the club:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 26, 2018
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That's why they wanted him back. pic.twitter.com/0dYL1izvge
Barcelona’s signing of Paulinho was widely criticised, but he went on to prove most of his detractors wrong. He scored nine goals and helped the team to a league and cup double.
He moved back to Guangzhou Evergrande on an initial one-year loan, although the club have the option to sign him permanently for a fee which is believed to be more than the €40m Barcelona paid for him.
On this form you can see why Guangzhou Evergrande were so keen to bring him back to the club.