Former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has accused the club of ruining the careers of Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado, and believes they are doing the same to Paulinho.
Paulinho's arrival at White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013 sparked the most ambitious transfer windows seen at the club following Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid.
The Brazilian's arrival from Corinthians saw him briefly become the club's record signing, only for the £28m ($43m) signing of Soldado from Valencia and £30m paid for Lamela see him drop to third in that list.
But the Brazil international has largely struggled in at the north London club and has failed to hold down a first-team role under the three managers he has played under.
Gomes claims his compatriot is not to blame, though, and has slammed his former employers for mishandling the player.
"It is the club," Gomes told ESPN Brasil when asked of Paulinho's struggles in the Premier League. I would not recommend anyone [to join Tottenham].
"They paid £28m for Soldado, and they don't play him. Or look at Lamela, who was great in Europe, but today you watch Tottenham games and he looks like he can't play football at all."
Gomes, who will return to the Premier League next season with Watford after their promotion, left White Hart Lane in May 2014, last appearing for the club in September 2012.
The former PSV Eindhoven shot stopper signed a one-year deal at Vicarage Road after he left Spurs but, according to ESPN, the 34-year-old has agreed a new long-term deal the Hornets.
Gomes had reportedly received offers from Premier League sides but has opted to remain with Slavisa Jokanovic's side after helping them seal automatic promotion from the Championship.