Last week, the Brazilian attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho moved back to Aston Villa on loan after the disappointing years with FC Barcelona. The Brazilian’s return to EPL is a piece of good news in football betting.
Going back to his young age as a professional player, he started his career with CR Vasco da Gama, a football club in Brazil. Coutinho showed prodigious talent and excelled in Vasco da Gama’s youth system. He was signed by the Italian club Inter Milan in 2008 for 4 million euros and subsequently loaned back to Vasco, where he became a key player. He made his debut for Inter Milan in 2010 and was later loaned to La Liga club Espanyol in 2012.
In January 2013, Coutinho joined the English club Liverpool for 8.5 million pounds. He flourished at Liverpool, being named in the PFA Team of the Year in 2015. In January 2018, Coutinho signed for Barcelona for a club-record fee reportedly worth 160 million euros, making him the world’s second most expensive player at the time and the most expensive midfielder as of 2018, and won two La Liga titles.
With his move to Barcelona, everyone expected that he would create a legacy with the club. But sometimes, the reality is often disappointing. The Brazilian was going through one of the tough times with FC Barcelona. The burden of becoming one of the most expensive signings and not playing in his natural position deteriorated his performance. The same fans who praised him started to talk against him.
Later, at the beginning of the 2019-20 season, he was loaned to German club Bayern Munich on a season-long loan and became a part of the team that won a treble, including the Bundesliga DFB-Pokal and UEFA Champions League. After that season, he returned to the Spanish club. But he was injured that season and missed the second half of the season. With that injury, he also realised that his career with Barcelona was ending.
The player that we saw was entirely different from that we used to see in the English Premier League. He was one of the best players for Liverpool and also one of the best in the league. He was called the ‘Little Magician’ when he was on peak form. His creativity and dribbling skills used to be a headache for even the compact defence in the Premier League.
Let’s look at his stats with Liverpool in the Premier League:
343 take-ons completed.
337 chances completed.
76 direct goal contributions.
No wonder why he was called the ‘Little Magician’.
He played with Steven Gerrard, and the Aston Villa boss knows his potential. That’s one of the reasons why the Lions signed him. Gerrard called Philippe Coutinho “a special footballer” and “a friend of mine,” Now that friend is his player on loan from Barcelona.