Coutinho Hit By Heart-breaking Message From Barcelona
Yemi|Jan. 25, 2019
Philippe Coutinho is suffering at Barcelona because he's "a very shy player" according to Spanish football expect Guillem Balague.
The Brazilian was criticised for giving the ball away three times prior to Sevilla's second goal against Barca in Wednesday's 2 - 0 defeat in the Copa Del Rey.
That was the latest setback in what has been a disappointing first full season at the club for the Brazilian following last January's £142million move from Liverpool .
Coutinho initially shone following his move last winter, and although Balague claims that the club have no intention of selling him despite rumoured transfer interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, the journalist says that the club feel as though he isn't playing like the player Barca thought they were getting.
“We expected much more, the fans did, Barcelona did,” Balague said on The Guillem Balague Transfer Show, via the Liverpool Echo.
“Right now he seems like a very shy player who is not making a big enough impact into games. Even though he’s given the opportunity to grow and I’m sure at some point he will certainly improve.
“Barcelona have got no intention to get rid of Coutinho.
“We will see if this lack of impact continues down the line but right now Coutinho’s important to Barcelona, very important.
“Because they feel that he adds quality even though they realise that he’s not the midfielder that they thought they were getting.”