Noel Whelan believes Tottenham target Philippe Coutinho will be a ‘world-beater’ if he moves to North London in the summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United forward insisted the Brazil international could be an absolute bargain.
Coutinho has spent the past season on loan at the Allianz Arena but Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently confirmed the Bundesliga club do not intend to sign him permanently.
Earlier this month, the outlet revealed his parent club FC Barcelona are looking to get rid of the the 27-year-old before the start of next season.
Whelan told football correspondent Dylan Childs “there is a great deal to be had there on a fantastic player. No one has got the best out of him since he left Liverpool but there is a player there, a good creative player.
“If you can get that same ability that he had at Liverpool, you have a world-beater on your hands and you can get him for a very, very good price.
“It has got to be the right club. Tottenham, Arsenal or Chelsea would suit him down to the ground.
“People will take a chance on him because he has got an untold amount of ability. He looks very professional and I would want him in my team all day long because players like him are hard to come by.”
While it is fair to say Coutinho has failed to hit the same heights he enjoyed with Liverpool, it is hard to argue with the pundit on this one.
Furthermore, he has lifted the La Liga trophy twice with Barcelona, although he was usurped by Antoine Griezmann when Quique Setien took charge.
However, the playmaker has given fans a glimpse of his genuine quality during his time with the Bavarians, providing 8 goals and 6 assists in the Bundesliga this season, taking 2.6 shots per game, making 1.4 key passes, and successfully completing 1.5 dribbles on average. He has also been awarded a high statistical rating of 7.29 via WhoScored so far.
Although he has largely struggled to rediscover the form that saw him win Liverpool’s Player of the Year in 2015, the 27-year-old would certainly be a huge upgrade on the midfield options available to Jose Mourinho at the moment.
It is worth pointing out the club’s record signing Tanguy Ndombele has earned a receiving a low overall rating of 6.9 per WhoScored. Moreover, Giovani Lo Celso and Moussa Sissoko are rated at 6.65 and 6.68 respectively according to WhoScored.
All things considered, Coutinho’s experience at the top levels of the game could prove to be a decisive factor as Spurs look to challenge for silverware next season. He might even act as a mentor to some of the Lilywhites’ youngsters, which is surely an added bonus.
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