Rio Ferdinand thinks that Philippe Coutinho ‘needs saving’, but is unsure of where the midfielder would would ‘fit’ among the Premier League’s biggest clubs.
The Brazilian established himself as one of the Premier League’s best talents during his time at Liverpool, earning himself a mega-money move to Barcelona in January 2018.
However, his time at the Nou Camp didn’t quite go to plan, scoring just 21 goals in 76 appearances for the Catalan club, before being shipped out on loan to Bayern Munich last summer.
He has been unable to rediscover his form since his move to Bavaria and the 27-year-old is consistently being linked with a move back to England’s top flight.
Manchester United have often been linked with an interest in Coutinho, despite his previous allegiance to Liverpool, though Rio Ferdinand doesn’t feel a move to Old Trafford is a viable option, especially following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes.
“At Liverpool he was an amazing player, but since he left Liverpool he hasn’t really done it yet,” Ferdinand said during a Q&A on his official Instagram page.
“He struggled at Barcelona, struggled to fit in there and then he hasn’t done amazingly well at Bayern. I think he is a great player, a huge talent, I think he needs saving.
“Coming into the Premier League to the right team would be a saviour for him – he needs that. I would have said Man United before Bruno Fernandes turned up, but not now.”
Ferdinand went on to suggest that a move to Spurs could be the only place where Coutinho would ‘fit’ among the Premier League’s traditional big six.
“Would he improve Spurs? Yes he would, 100%. People like [Harry] Kane, Dele [Alli], Son [Heung-min] etc. all feed off someone like him,” said Ferdinand.
“I think he would be a great addition to Spurs’ squad. Arsenal he would definitely improve them, but where does he play in their system? They’ve got [Mesut] Ozil. I like Ozil if he is played well.
“Barely any team can afford him where he would fit in. He wouldn’t fit into City, Liverpool, not any teams like that.
“Would he be a good addition, yes? Not Man United though, and he played for Liverpool so it is a difficult one. The rivalry is mad.”