Mundo Deportivo has recently reported that Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho is on Tottenham Hotspur’s radar this summer. It is understood that Spurs are looking to bring the Barca talent back to the Premier League in this summer transfer period (via Mundo Deportivo).
Coutinho’s Injury-Ravaged Season At The Nou Camp
It was another difficult campaign for Coutinho as he missed a lot of key games for the Spanish side because of multiple injuries. The Brazilian sensation only made 14 appearances for the Catalan giants last season, netting three goals and earning two assists in multiple competitions.
The 29-year-old failed to give a good account of himself in the opponent’s half based on his average of 2.3 shots, 0.5 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per game in La Liga. However, he kept things tidy when distributing the ball to his teammates after completing 89.1% of his attempted passes in the top tier of Spanish football (stats via whoscored).
Coutinho needs to overcome his injury troubles if he wants to re-establish himself as a top performer at the highest level. His current contract at the Nou Camp is set to run down in the summer of 2023. Maybe he could benefit from sealing a move back to England where he once played some of his best football during his time at Liverpool.
Should The Catalan Club Offload Coutinho This Summer?
On his day, Coutinho can be one of the best playmakers in European football as he has got the vision to unlock the opponent’s defence with a killer pass in the attacking end of the field. He can even strike the ball with a lot of venom and with minimum backlift which makes him a potent threat from long range. The Brazilian is primarily an attacking midfielder but can also fill in as a wide player on either wing if required.
However, things have just not fallen in place for him at Barcelona. Therefore, it makes sense for Coutinho to seek a move elsewhere in search of a fresh start next season. Ronald Koeman’s side should consider offloading the Brazilian attacker as they can use the money generated from his sale to ease their financial concerns.
Getting Coutinho’s name off the wage bill should be a priority for Barca as the ex-Liverpool star doesn’t offer enough on the field to justify a place in Koeman’s match-day squad for next season. With all things considered, the Catalan outfit would be wise to cash in on Coutinho before the summer transfer window closes at the end of this month.