‘I saw…’ – BT pundit now drops worrying claim of player ‘problem’ at Aston Villa


Pundit David James, who contributes for BT, has claimed Philippe Coutinho has fitness and injury concerns which could be a problem for Aston Villa in the future.


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Coutinho was brought to Villa Park on loan from Barcelona by former team-mate and current Villa boss Steven Gerrard. And if Aston Villa are to complete the deal for the Brazilian permanent this summer, they will have to pay parent club Barcelona £33m.

Coutinho has been very impressive in his second spell in the Premier League, he has scored seven goals in 12 Premier League games so far.

Despite Coutinho’s impressive form for Villa, David James has highlighted a problem Gerrard may have if he opts to sign him on a permanent deal this summer.

“I think he should sign permanently but I’m always suspicious of players who stay on loan. Judging from what I’ve seen, fitness could be an issue. From what I’ve seen, he played fantastic for an hour and then fitness seems to be an issue it’s about whether or not Coutinho can stay fully fit and if you do Steven Gerrard will have a tough squad for the European places said James.

TIF’s thoughts on David James’ comments…

Coutinho has seemingly revisited his world-class form this season since returning to the Premier League with Aston Villa. He headed into the recent game against Spurs averaging 7.17, averaging 2.5 shots per game and creating four big chances in 11 games, according to SofaScore.

Although James has claimed signing Coutinho could be a gamble due to injuries and fitness issues, for £33m Gerrard could have a world-class player on his hands, so it would seem an odd move not to face Barcelona. the offer.



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