Phillippe Coutinho joined Barcelona in the January transfer season for a record fee of  £142 million after a six-month soap opera mainly due to Liverpool’s unwillingness to sell the player.  Coutinho’s exuberance at joining his dream club was noticeable from his initial interviews after joining Barcelona.

The player took some time to settle at the club and once he got the grasp of the style of play, he has been in striking form.  In the few initial matches, he showed glimpses of his creativity and later started gelling well with the team and producing goals.

He scored eight goals and five assists in 18 matches in the La Liga 2017/18 season;  2 goals and an assist in 4 matches in Copa Del Rey which means he has either scored or assisted in most of the matches.

Dribbling, passing, long shots have been his prime strengths, and one of the important attributes of unselfishness needed for a Barcelona player is already inside him.  He likes to cut inside from the flanks and shoot curlers from outside the box.

We’ve seen about 5-6 examples of this typical ability of him till now, and those attempts have resulted in goals as well.  So we now have something in him which even Iniesta could not offer.

Apart from this, he had been a main man for the Selecao in the Fifa World Cup, evident from his 2 Man of the Match winning performances. His tally accounted for two goals and one assist in the prestigious campaign. He has also opened his account in the fresh La Liga season 2018/19 by scoring within minutes after subbing in.

When Coutinho joined the Spanish giants, there were a lot of speculations about his price tag, but as we are progressing, it is becoming more lucid that an inflated market which was responsible for the big money move is to blame if the price seems overpriced.

Nevertheless, it is the cules who are going to be glad to have him in their club since he has been proving his mettle match after match. Things look sanguine and more goals from him are on the cards.

Phillippe Coutinho joined Barcelona in 2018 January window. Has he been valuable addition with respect to the price tag? Is the market inflated? Read Here.


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