Philippe Coutinho would be a perfect fit for Tottenham

The Brazilian could reunite with Mauricio Pochettino in north London

Although Valencia will certainly have a say in it, Barcelona are 90 minutes away from completing the ‘double double.’

Two league titles and two Copas Del Rey in two successive campaigns.

That would be considered a resounding success in most quarters but not at Barcelona. Two exits from the Champions League when three goals ahead going into second leg ties has left the fan base fuming.

Most of their ire has been directed at coach, Ernesto Valverde, for a perceived ‘safe’ style of play, but a fair amount of vitriol has found its way to Philippe Coutinho.

Barcelona’s record signing hasn’t hit the heights on a consistent enough basis for about a year now, after a successful opening period to his Barca career.

As we’ve seen with other players that have cost an arm and a leg, the pressure that comes with such a hefty price tag often weighs heavily.

Like it or not there is always huge expectation placed on the shoulders of big money acquisitions, some would say unfairly, given that they don’t set the sale price.

Coutinho has shown flashes of his brilliance, with a wonder goal against Manchester United being a perfect recent example, however, there’ve also been performances – against Liverpool in both legs of the Champions League semi-finals – where he’s been totally anonymous.

Indeed, Coutinho’s vast majority of matches for Barcelona in 2018/19 have seen him well below the standard expected.

To that end, it would be more of a surprise to see him stay at the club beyond the summer, particularly as the Catalans intend to make at least one (possibly two) more big-name signings.

Matthijs De Ligt is known to want to follow Frenkie de Jong to the Camp Nou, and there are even suggestions that a deal could be in the offing for Antoine Griezmann.

Therefore, funds need to be recouped and Barca could still command a decent fee for the Brazilian.


There’s little doubt that his value isn’t at the same level as when the Catalans shelled out €160 million, but nor will they allow him to leave for too much less.

Back in 2012, Mauricio Pochettino coached Coutinho briefly at Espanyol, and was sufficiently impressed to want to bring him to England when the former took the managerial role at Southampton.

"As with most Brazilians, Philippe has a special magic in his feet," Pochettino told the BBC at the time.

"Aside from the magic that he has, he also has an amazing work rate and that makes us doubt whether he fits the mould of a typical Brazilian player or a European one because his work ethic is outstanding.

"What is important about him is he is a good lad, a good kid - a great, humble person. I do think Coutinho has that same quality that Ronaldinho and Messi have, and what is really clear to me is that Coutinho is a really responsible player - really dedicated and responsible."

With speculation rife that Christian Eriksen has already agreed a deal with Real Madrid, Tottenham will be in need of a player with Coutinho’s capabilities.

Creativity, flair and an eye for goal are descriptions befitting of both players.


Clearly, ‘Poch’ has an appreciation of the Brazilian’s talents, and their brief period working together in the early part of Coutinho’s career could well swing the balance in Spurs’ favour.

A new stadium, consistent top four Premier League finishes and a Champions League final appearance despite not spending a penny on transfers in 2018/19 would suggest the north Londoners are heading in the right direction in terms of sustained success.

In order to get to that next level and stay there, Tottenham need to be shopping at the top end of the transfer market, for genuine world class players.

Coutinho has a point to prove and will enjoy Pochettino’s style of play, which will give him the freedom he needs to find his mojo again.

A marriage made in footballing heaven?