Barcelona managed to pull off another incredible comeback, this time in the Copa del Rey against Sevilla midweek and the momentum was swinging in their favour. Philippe Coutinho put himself on the scoresheet twice, his opener a gift-wrapped penalty from the selfless Lionel Messi.
The fact that Coutinho managed to score another goal from a Luis Suarez-ball later in the game made many believe that his form had returned and there was only one way from hereon and that was upwards.
While many from the Barcelona fandom were positively inclined to believe in this turn around, there were doubts regarding the number 7’s consistency.
Phil is an incredibly talented player and anyone doubting his abilities needs to watch his body of work again. However, his setbacks are more than just mental/emotional. His conditioning is still an issue and his physical traits do not overlap with those of a winger at Barcelona. His pace is subpar and his endurance is still an issue that needs to be sorted.
Against Valencia, Coutinho was nowhere to be found and while someone like Luisito (who goes in and out of games) produces magical moments on a regular basis and is easily forgiven, the Brazilian is still waiting for a turnaround.
Irrespective of the number of times Coutinho was on the scoresheet against Sevilla, his game was still average, and his performances have more or less, disappointed.
If Coutinho can bang in a few from outside the box, I’m pretty sure it will give the Brazilian his mojo back. While that day is still pretty far, hopefully, he can change his situation--fans have short memories when things go well on the pitch.