Should Chelsea manage to get their transfer ban frozen, it is seeming more and more likely that Philippe Coutinho will be the man to replace Eden Hazard.
Goal are the latest outlet to report that the west London club are interested in bringing in the 26-year-old should their talisman depart for Real Madrid as expected.
Where, though, would the Brazilian fit in in Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-3?
Naturally, many will be expecting Coutinho to slot in on the left if he does indeed end up joining Chelsea in a big-money deal.
He is not exactly a like-for-like replacement for Hazard in the sense that he would not be looking to go on insane mazy runs like the Belgian.
Coutinho is not as skilful when it comes to dribbling and is nowhere near as quick as the man he could be succeeding.
But with his right foot, he can cut in from that left-hand side and fire dangerous shots towards goal and play defence-splitting passes.
Based on that, left wing is probably the position Sarri will initially look to play Coutinho in.
As well as on that flank, though, Coutinho is also a threat when deployed as a central midfielder.
Towards the end of his Liverpool career, Jurgen Klopp started to use the Barcelona man as a No.8 — and it was a role he absolutely thrived in.
All things considered, with his vision and long-range shooting ability, that is probably now his best position.
Once Callum Hudson-Odoi returns to full fitness, it would not be a surprise to see Sarri try out the England international on the left and new signing Christian Pulisic on the right, while Coutinho lines up in midfield alongside Jorginho and N’Golo Kante.
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