FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE HINTS: PLAYER PROFILE (HORSES FOR COURSES) : PHILIPPE COUTINHO
POSITION:MIDFIELDER/ATTACKING MIDFIELD/CREATIVE MIDFIELDER/THIRD THIRD PLAYER/PLAYMAKER
FORMER CLUBS: ESPANYOL & INTER MILAN
PREMIER LEAGUE ASSISTS: 12
PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS: 8
CURRENT FPL PRICE: £8.0
Big Phil (Scolari) left little Phil (Coutinho) out of Brazil's squad for the 2014 World Cup squad but whereas this may have been their loss, it may well turn out to be Liverpool's gain.
Despite not being involved in (scored/assisted) in a goal until November (he missed some games through injury), he possess a great amount of technical ability and has shown flashes of of what he is capable of.
His dramatic winner against Manchester City (3-2) in May is a reflection of his technical ability.
· Coutinho has been in involved in (scored/assisted) in goals against 5 of Liverpool's first 6 opponents.
(Southampton, Manchester CIty, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Aston Villa).
· 5 of Coutinho's 8 Premier League goals were scored against Liverpool's first four league opponents.
· 3 of Coutinho's 8 Premier League have been scored from outside the penalty area.
PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS 2013/14 - 5
VS EVERTON (3-3) - 1
VS FULHAM (2-3) - 1
VS MANCHESTER CITY (2-1 & 3-2) - 2
VS SPURS (4-0) - 1
PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS 2012/13 - 3
VS SWANSEA CITY (5-0) - 1
VS SOUTHAMPTON (1-3) - 1
VS QPR (1-0) - 1
- A considerable amount of Coutinho's assists have came via through balls.
- Coutinho's defence splittings passes has lead to assists and goals have seen him be involved in (scored/assists) in goals against last season's top half teams.
- Coutinho's creates numerous chances and takes many shots on goal throughout the season.
- Coutinho carries an exciting threat in the opposition's final third.
· Exactly half of (4) of Coutinho's Premier League goals (8) have been scored against last season's top 6.
5 of Coutinho's 8 Premier League goals have came against last season's top 8 teams.
The Brazilian has been involved in (scored/assisted) in 20 Premier League goals in since signing from Inter Milan in January 2013.
Coutinho was involved in (scored/assisted) in exactly half of Liverpool's 4 goals in their final pre-season warm up match against 2013 Champions League finalists Dormund (4-0) and also assisted a goal for Suso in another previous pre-season win for the reds against another fellow past Champions League finalists AC Milan (2-0).
if he can continue this good form than he could be one to watch for the as well as being an exciting and dazzling edition to your FPL team for the 2014/15 season.