Things haven’t gone well for Philippe Coutinho over the last couple of seasons, as he’s nowhere near the player he used to be during his tenure at Liverpool.
He left Anfield to join Barcelona but was never able to establish himself as the solid playmaker he once was, with Ernesto Valverde eventually deciding to send him on loan to Bayern Munchen.
There, he’s been a regular starter for Niko Kovac, but he continues to underperform. Hence, former Germany and Liverpool standout Dieter Hamann was ruthless when talking about him, going as far as to call him half a player:
“For me, he is a stranger in the team. He’s half a player. I cannot remember a good situation he’s created in the attack. If you have such a player in the team and he does not show any special moments, then, of course, you get problems because in the defense he only counts as half a player. He has 30 or 35 games left so he has to start sometime (to prove his value). He is still on loan from Barca until the end of the season,” Hamann told Sport Bild.
Coutinho has only scored a couple of goals with three assists in 8 appearances for the Bavarians, not so impressive numbers considering their juggernaut offense that’s used to scoring in bunches.
The Brazilian always seems a step to slow and he’s often hesitant with the ball on his feet, pretty far from the fast-thinking, disruptive player he used to be under Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp.
The 27-year-old showed glimpses of his former self with Brazil’s national team during the Copa America, so everybody was looking forward to seeing him take his career back from the ground at the Bundesliga.
However, he’s still got a lot of work to do to prove Bayern Munchen that bringing him was the right move before he’s shipped back to Camp Nou.