According to the Independent, Chelsea are monitoring Philippe Coutinho, with the Blues interested in the prospect of bringing him in as a potential replacement for Eden Hazard.
Certainly, if Hazard were to leave, Chelsea would need a top replacement – but would Coutinho be the best option? It’s hard to suggest that he would.
After all, Coutinho isn’t best suited to a role on the flanks. In fact, he’s the very definition of a central attacking midfielder, and that’s not a role that Chelsea tend to utilise at present. He doesn’t have the work ethic or the drive to play as a winger, and in truth, his talents would simply be wasted in the role.
Sure, he’s a great player, and he may be able to play in place of someone like Mateo Kovacic in the middle, but would he be an upgrade? It’s hard to say so.
Of course, he’s currently in the midst of a really poor season with Barcelona. He’s picked up just 4 league goals and 2 league assists this term, and for a player of his quality, that’s just not good enough. In truth, he looks out of his depth in Spain, and he’s really struggling to hit the heights that his transfer fee demanded. It might be a case of the system not quite fitting him, but as mentioned, that would be something that he’d have to deal with at Stamford Bridge, too.
He’s also rated at a whopping £126 million, and so he wouldn’t be a cheap signing for the Blues at all, despite his recent form.
That’s all without considering the Chelsea fans and their feelings towards Coutinho, too. Owing to his Liverpool history, the Brazilian isn’t a popular man at Stamford Bridge – and so this isn’t a move that would quell the inevitable fan fury if Hazard were to leave.
In truth, this move doesn’t tick any boxes for Chelsea – and it’s one to be avoided.
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