- Match Analysis
Philippe Coutinho not yet living up to expectations at Barcelona, says Terry Gibson.
Coutinho moved to Barcelona in January from Liverpool for £146m, scoring three goals and registering two assists in 13 appearances so far for the La Liga side, who are unbeaten in the top flight.
“I must admit I am hoping, and expecting, to see more from Coutinho, to be honest, I know there is a settling in period, but he’s come in as the finished article, whereas Ousmane Dembele is the younger player, with less games under his belt. Coutinho has come in as the finished article.
“Watching him at the weekend, it was clear how much difference there was in the Barca side when Lionel Messi came on. I know it’s not fair to judge Coutinho against Messi, but he didn’t contribute to the cause.
“As the game went on, he was more prepared to make the easy pass, where it needed more. It needed him to drive at defenders, and get shots in on goal, create chances.
“But he was doing the opposite, he was getting the ball and laying it off, and even getting caught in possession.”