Coutinho Not at his potential at Barcelona
Barcelona splashed out a club record 160 million euros to lure Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, but after one year from his signing, the Brazilian is struggling to get a game while his former side are thriving in his absence.
The Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Spanish club Barcelona and the Brazilian national team.was Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, and showed prodigious talent and excelled in Vasco da Gama’s youth system Also the third most expensive player in the world behind Paris St Germain’s Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, made a flying start to his Barcelona career with 10 goals in his first five months, giving the team a more direct outlet in midfield and an extra threat with his impressive long-range shooting. But his impact has waned. He has failed to start any of the LaLiga leaders’ last three league games, falling behind Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal and French forward Ousmane Dembélé in the pecking order.And Coach Ernesto Valverde has stopped short of publicly criticising the player, and neglected to say whether he had a preference for Coutinho or Dembélé, the club’s second most expensive acquisition at 105 million euros. There was no place for Coutinho when Valverde fielded an unorthodox 3-5-2 formation in the recent 5-0 hammering of Levante, while he also left the Brazilian out when playing his usual 4-3-3 shape in victories over Espanyol and Celta Vigo.
But he have more time to prove and many believed he was signed as the long-term successor to Andres Iniesta, who ended 16 trophy-laden seasons with Barca last May to see out his career in Japan and coutinho has potential to be the successor to Andres Iniesta