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Aston Villa Hoping To Sign This Gifted Playmaker Permanently This Summer: Good Move For Both Parties?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent print edition, Mundo Deportivo revealed that Aston Villa are hoping to sign Philippe Coutinho permanently from Barcelona when his loan spell at Villa Park comes to an end this summer. It has been mentioned that the Villans boss Steven Gerrard is pushing hard to secure the services of the Brazilian playmaker in this off-season.

Coutinho’s Decent Loan Spell With Aston Villa

Coutinho is having a good loan spell at the West Midlands club as he has managed to catch the eye with some of his performances for them over the past few months. The 29-year-old has scored four goals and earned three assists in 16 matches for the Villans during this campaign across all fronts.

The former Liverpool talent has been a consistent performer at Villa Park based on his average of 2.3 shots, 1.5 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He has even been accurate with his ball distribution after making 82.4% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

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WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 02: Philippe Coutinho of Aston Villa in action during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa at Molineux on April 02, 2022 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Aston Villa Hoping To Sign Coutinho Permanently This Summer: Good Move For Both Parties?

Coutinho can still make some decent plays for others around him. He is a powerful and accurate striker of the ball from long range and can still complete a few dangerous dribbles towards the opponent’s penalty box. The Brazilian is primarily an attacking midfielder but can even fill in as a winger on either flank if needed.

Therefore, it makes a lot of sense for the Villans to keep hold of their Brazilian star beyond this summer. Coutinho is currently one of the first names on Steven Gerrard‘s team sheet.

Furthermore, he has what it takes to help Aston Villa push for a European place in the Premier League next season. With all things considered, Gerrard would be wise to retain the services of Coutinho permanently during this summer transfer window.

At 29, the South American sensation has only got a handful of years left in him to play at his best. Thus, it will be a good move for both the player and the West Midlands club to extend their time together this summer.

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