Friday, January 28

Coutinho ready for Aston Villa: – He is no better than this is his level

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Aston Villa confirm that Philippe Coutinho is ready for the club on loan from the season from Barcelona. The club states in a press release that the medical test and a work permit are missing, and that the Brazilian will go to Birmingham within the next 48 hours.

In the agreement between the clubs, Aston Villa has an option to buy after the season. Villa pays around 65% of the salary, reports transition guru Fabrizio Romano.

Watch Coutinho get peppered with eggs at Brazil training in the video window above!

TV 2’s football expert Simen Stamsø-Møller believes Coutinho is no better than playing for a club in the middle of the table in the Premier League.

– I think he hits well considering the level of the club. He has is no better than that this is his level. It has been a nitrous spectacle for a while, both based on injuries and a total lack of confidence.

Colleague Mina Finstad Berg thinks it seems like a good deal for all parties.

– This is not very surprising. Barcelona wanted to get rid of him because they want to free up wages. At the same time, he was open to leave, because he wants playing time before the World Cup. He does not get that in Barcelona, ​​so it makes very good sense.

DISAPPOINTMENT: Philippe Coutinho has finished in Barcelona. Photo: PAU BARRENA

– Solid disappointment

On Monday, Manchester United will visit the FA Cup, which will probably come too early for the 29-year-old. The following Saturday, the teams will meet in the Premier League, which could soon be their debut.

In Barcelona, ​​the Brazilian has struggled to find old heights after the transition of around NOK 1.35 billion in 2018. Among other things, he was loaned to Bayern Munich in 2019 to speed up his career.

– He was a real disappointment in Barcelona. It is one of the most expensive boom purchases of all time. Then he has shown brilliantly in Bayern and in international matches what he can do, but he is miles away from the best players.

Finstad Berg believes Villa can be the right club to get their careers on the right track.

– Coutinho is still a good player, but he is far from the player he was. I do not think we should expect the same level as he was at Liverpool. But if he can crack the code and find confidence again. he can be.

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Being reunited

At Aston Villa, Steven Gerrard is manager, and the Liverpool legend played with Coutinho between 2013 and 2015. It should have been crucial for Coutinho to go to the Birmingham club.

– I think that link has a lot to say. He needs self-confidence and people who believe in him. That may be what Coutinho needs now, says Finstad Berg.

– The fact that Gerrard knows him is not a disadvantage. This is low risk on the part of Villa. It’s great if they get the best out of him. then they have other players who can.

Thus, it may look like the days in Barcelona are numbered.

– I think so. You never know, but I can not imagine him coming back to Barcelona.

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