Philippe Coutinho transfer could spell the end for Aston Villa duo

Aston Villa has been linked with a surprise move for Brazilian maestro Philippe Coutinho.

The former Liverpool midfielder was a teammate of Steven Gerrard and just four years ago completed a move to Spanish giants Barcelona for a fee in the region of £142 million.

Sadly, his time at the club did not go as expected and his best season in recent years came on loan at Bayern Munich in 2019/20, where he scored eight goals and six assists in 23 appearances.

If they were to come, it could open the door for many current Villa players to exit the club through this window, given the fact that they will likely be behind Coutinho.

Coutinho can play in a range of positions but primarily works down the left, whether in midfield or as a cutting wide play.

There are players here who can try to get away when they come.

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Anwar Al Ghazi

Throughout his time at the club, Anwar El Ghazi has received mixed reviews from fans. When the club needed him the most, he stepped up and produced goals in the play-off final, his first goal in the Premier League on his return and ten league goals last season.

However, he is repeatedly linked from a step away and this window is no different. West Ham are reportedly keen on the idea of ​​signing El Ghazzi in this window and Roma were also linked over the summer. When El Ghazzi sees a few minutes of action the left wing tends to operate, so it is likely that if Coutinho does arrive, play time will be even more limited for a player who is already under play. fights for.

In the most recent game against Brentford, Gérard opted to start Bertrand Trior and use Trezeguet as a substitute, even without Coutinho in the team, El Ghazzi possibly the Villa boss’s plans. is not in.


Trezeguet recently recovered from a serious knee injury and was given a chance by Gerrard against Brentford, despite leaving for the Africa Cup of Nations a few days later. He failed to make any real impact in the last ten minutes, except in an embarrassing attempt to award a penalty to the referee.

Gerrard’s investment in the attacking field may indicate that he considers his current standard of attackers at the club less than adequate.

He has previously been linked with a return to Turkey, with both Fenerbahce and Galatasaray being associated with frequent wingers.

Jaden Philogen-Bidase

The young winger is a prospect for the future and has been associated with the first team for some time now. He has benched against Brentford, Leicester City and Norwich City, but has yet to make an appearance under Gerrard.

With an experienced and potentially world-class player coming into the squad who can play wide, it is likely that minutes will be limited for a young prospect like Philogen-Bides, who is looking to see the young winger out on loan. could. First Team Football.

When commenting on a possible transfer outside the club, Gerard had this to say: “A busy month will mean there will be some outgoings which I think is important when you get into a new job and you analyze the situation.” it happens.

“There are always players who need to go out and play in case of a loan. There are also one or two players disappointed who didn’t have time for the first game and that didn’t change when a new manager came in.

“I am sure they will be actively looking for an opportunity with their representation behind the scenes.

“If the right bids and offers come in for the club, and we manage to achieve our goals, we are analyzing in the background some areas of the team and personnel where we can strengthen, if at all. closes, so I guess you can anticipate a busy month but you also have to respect that it’s January.”

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