Key factor behind Philippe Coutinho choosing to join Aston Villa revealed


As official announcement made, key factor behind Philippe Coutinho choosing to join Aston Villa revealed

Philippe Coutinho has made a return to the Premier League with Aston Villa.

Coutinho’s Barcelona struggles

It’s fair to say that Philippe Coutinho has struggled somewhat since departing Liverpool.

The midfielder, once branded the ‘little magician’, left Anfield back in January of 2018 for Spanish giants FC Barcelona.

Coutinho was a pivotal member of Liverpool’s squad at the time, so the Reds unsurprisingly demanded a premium fee with the potential to rise to £142m for the Brazilian.

However, Barcelona probably feel somewhat aggrieved by that fee when looking back, as Coutinho has since failed to perform at anywhere near the level we became accustomed to seeing at Liverpool.

This season alone, Coutinho has made 12 La Liga appearances but has failed to complete 90 minutes once, suggesting he has not been in favour with either of Ronald Koeman or Xavi Hernandez.

Now though, Coutinho has finally made a return to the Premier League. But not with Liverpool.

Key factor behind Coutinho’s Aston Villa switch revealed

Instead, Coutinho has made a move to Aston Villa.

The move will not be a permanent one, with various sources, including The Athletic, reporting that it is a six-month loan deal as Barcelona look to get the South American’s high salary off their books so they can register Ferran Torres, who they recently signed from Manchester City.

The Athletic add that a number of Premier League sides have been interested in Coutinho. However, the opportunity to play under Steven Gerrard is said to have been a key factor in the Brazilian’s decision:

Aston Villa have also officially announced the move:

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 21 40 53
2 Chelsea FC 21 29 43
3 Liverpool FC 20 34 42
4 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
5 West Ham United 20 10 34
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 19 3 31
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 0 28
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 0 27
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Crystal Palace 20 -1 23
12 Brentford FC 19 -3 23
13 Aston Villa 19 -5 22
14 Southampton FC 19 -9 21
15 Everton FC 18 -9 19
16 Leeds United 19 -16 19
17 Watford FC 18 -14 13
18 Burnley FC 17 -11 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 19 -34 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Jorginho Chelsea FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 6



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