Im sure Pochettino could come out and give a very reasonable argument as to why he didnt play as often in his favourite position but why would he bother? Its not his job to provide him with opportunities. Its Paulinho's job to grasp them and make himself undroppable.
I actually liked him at the time but cry me a river. Glad he's gone tbh....
Gratuitous comment about Lamela, a player who has prospered under Poch in a way Paulinho did not. Oh, by the way, they play in different roles, but don't let that stop your train of logic as it careers wildly.
I think it is evident that for whatever reason, Pochettino failed to get the best out of Paulinho. It's OK to say that, although why it matters now I don't know. Pochettino isn't a god who get's the best out of everyone. He succeeds with some and not with others, that's just natural. But ironically, Paulinho now is exactly what a "Pochettino-player" is supposed to be.
@UbeAstard there's a whole group of you I like to annoy. You've had it in for Lamela and/or Pochettino, and at the slightest opportunity you stick in the knives. I exist to stamp on your tiny little brains.