Philippe Coutinho

 

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

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{Profile Posted 02/02/13}


Date of Birth: - 12/06/1992 (21 years old)
Height: - 1.72m
Position: - CAM, Left or Right Wing
Nationality: - Brazilian
Current Club: - Liverpool
Estimated Market Value: - £6.5 million
Linked with: - Just moved.




Club Statistics


CR Vasco da Gama
2009 season - 12 matches, no goals and no assists.
2010 season - 7 matches, 1 goal and no assists.
TOTAL - 19 matches, 1 goal and no assists.


Inter Milan
2010/2011 season - 20 matches, 1 goal and 2 assists.
2011/2012 season - 8 matches, 1 goal and 1 assist.
2012/2013 season - 19 matches, 3 goals and 1 assist.
TOTAL - 47 matches, 5 goals and 4 assists.


RCD Espanyol
2011/2012 season - 16 matches, 5 goals and 1 assist.



International Statistics


Brazil U17
2009/2010 season- 3 matches, no goals and 1 assist


Brazil U20
2011 season - 7 matches, 3 goals and 1 assist.


Brazil
2011 season - 1 match, no goals and no assists.



General Comments:

I want to start off with an apology to all of you. I'm deeply sorry that there haven't been any profiles for a long while now, and no, I haven't forgotten about them!! Things have been busy for all us Eds, especially me and Ed022, but, hopefully this will be one of many profiles coming up in the next few months. Moreover, I wish you a Happy New Year if I haven't spoken to you already this year.

Anyhow, Coutinho was the 2nd, last, and most surprising transfer, arguably of the whole transfer window in England. A player who was brought by Inter at 16, with a host of clubs following him, talked about as the next Kaka, or Ronaldinho, a player who was not on the for sale list at Inter - and yet we find him here at L4 now. A player who seems to have lost his way, and one we had forgotten about, until he burst back onto the scene when on loan at Espanyol - where he again showed us all what he can do.

He is a typical Brazilian player in many respects. He is skilful, as you expect. There are clips floating around of his skills, where he is turning the Barcelona RB inside out. He can skip past players with ease, and does it with all that footballing arrogance that we know Brendan Rodgers loves so much in all of his players. He reminds me of Suarez a bit in that respect - he seems to be able to do anything, with the ball stuck as his feet, crazy little tricks - and yet he does not go over the top - or get carried away.

He also adds yet more pace to a Liverpool attack that went from being one of the slowest to probably the quickest in the league right now. Suarez is by no means a slouch and is probably our slowest player currently. It is something you really cannot beat, pace. It will destroy any older players, and gives you that little advantage when a referee is debating whether to give a free kick or not.

His finishing is also second to none - as are his set pieces, which again, remind me very much of Luis. Perhaps it is that South American flair which both players share. But, most of his goals have come from tricky positions, or free kicks, and it leaves you wondering, just how he actually scored that.
Liverpool now are going to have an embarrassment of riches from set pieces. We were already blessed to have Gerrard, Suarez, as well as Henderson and Downing who are not too shabby either - and, Coutinho, renowned as a set piece specialist in his native Brazil, can only add to that. However, I do worry that most of his goals come from impossible situations: I just hope that he can score those much needed tap ins and simple finishes which have continuously gone begging for so many years at Liverpool.

Wrapping up the good bits of Coutinho game, he is still only very young, but is also very experienced - having played in the European competitions, 3 leagues and for Brazil - again at 3 different levels, and at a tournament level. A criticism of Liverpool over recent times has been how they seemed to have been buying too many inexperienced players - but I would like to counter that; as look at these young players who have been brought in - young, been also experienced, Internationally, as well as in different leagues, at different age categories and at different levels.


Moreover, Coutinho also has a little bit to prove us all at Liverpool, as did Daniel Sturridge. There seems to be a little bit of an emerging pattern in the way Rodgers is signings players now - he seems to chance those who have that little bit of repaying to do - that little bit more to show. It is most possibly Sturridges last chance at a big club, and likewise with Coutinho. He has been at a big club for a few years, and even though continuous change of manager could be one reason, he has never settled, and has really slipped back down the Brazilian pecking orders. He is no longer seen as the next Kaka, even though he could be. He has two years to shine, before the Brazilian World Cup. A little target perhaps?

However, despite lyrical ling gospels about his game, he does have weaknesses, and you could also say that these were the same ones labelled at Daniel Sturridge - which mean that they obviously don't concern Rodgers all too much: Selfishness and Strength.

It has been said that if Coutinho is to succeed in England, then he will have to get stronger, and bulk up a little bit. He goes down easily in Spain and Italy, So you really do have to fear for him here in England, where the game is tougher and quicker, and a place where many flair players; have failed to settle. However, if he works hard on his fitness and strength, does the gym work and follows what he is told to do, then he will be fine.

As I mentioned, he is also seen as a selfish player - who holds onto the ball for too long and will pick the wrong option. However, again, I do not think that this will be a large problem over the long term. In only a few short weeks, Rodgers has managed to get Sturridge playing more with his head up, and looking for the options. If he can do this with Coutinho, then his footballing knowledge and Brazilian flair will be shown off even more.



Would Coutinho cut it in the Premiership?

Yes, he will, I think. I have been debating with myself whether he will or not for a few days now, and the only problem I see is his strength. Some players who are not strong shy away from the physical aspects of the game, which you just cannot do if you want to become a good player. And that is what I fear with Coutinho - that he just is not strong enough. However, I feel that if he sticks to what he is told, really works hard on getting bigger and stronger, while keeping his skills, and then he really will flourish. However, if he does not get stronger, does not get bigger, and starts getting beaten up in matches, then he will not make it. But, on the whole, I think he will make it - but it could take some time. I think he will flourish more in the softer Europe and take more time to adapt to English football.



Summary of Coutinho:


Strengths: Flair, pace, skills, finishing, free kicks/set pieces, knowledge, vision, expeince, youth.

Weaknesses: Strenght, selfishness.




And now a great video, courtesy of Ed019!!







The Business End of the Profile:

He moved to Liverpool just before the close of the January window - 2013.



Many thanks!!

{A profile by Ed052}

 




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