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Philippe Coutinho: Barcelona outcast performing well for Bayern

Philippe Coutinho made a name for himself in the Premier League. At the heart of a previously average Liverpool side, he was the focal point of their attack. Long range goals, fabulous assists and moments of magic that caught the eye of Barcelona. So much so, they forked out an astronomical £105 million, rising to £142 million for the Brazilian. It was expected he would kick on and truly reach an elite level of individual as well as team brilliance.

However, the move didn’t work out for either party. The abundance of attacking options at Valverde’s disposal meant Coutinho struggled to play week in week out in 2018/19. This meant he struggled for consistency and just a year after the move, the 27 year old was considered surplus to requirements. Neither he or Malcom, who’s now at Zenit, played badly at the Camp Nou. Both incredibly talented players, wasted at a club that is being handled so poorly from managerial and transfer policy standpoints. I’m sure the Catalan club’s fans will back me on that.

Back to his best

Philippe Coutinho

However, 2019/20 has been good for Coutinho. His loan move to Bayern Munich has worked out well so far. The Brazilian international has managed 3 goals and 5 assists in 17 games in Germany, similar figures to what he posted at Barcelona in his first season.

Going into more depth, the former Inter Milan midfielder has averaged 2.2 shots and 1.4 key passes per game. This is an improvement from his 2 shots and 0.9 key passes per game last season. Philippe Coutinho is loving life in Munich and hopes to stay with the German champions permanently.

Philippe Coutinho – Finally found home?

“I feel good here. If everything goes well, I really would like to stay.”

Coutinho on his future

He’s certainly performing well for Bayern. However, Bayern’s option to buy fee would be in the region of €120 million. Whether they will undertake that option, only time will tell. At the rate he’s going, it’s looking good for the Brazilian’s future in Bavaria.

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