Philippe Coutinho will have to adjust to playing with Lionel Messi at Barcelona just like Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez had to do in past.
That is according to ESPN FC pundit and former, player Alejandro Moreno. Barcelona finally bought an end to one of the biggest transfer sagas of all time after agreeing to pay a club record fees of £142 Million for the Brazilian playmaker. The transfer was completed after months of negotiations and three failed bids in summer. The deal also broke the record for the highest fee ever paid by a Spanish football team.
A thigh injury sustained prior to his move kept him out of action for three weeks before he made his debut against Espanyol. He made his first start in the La Liga on Sunday as Barcelona went on to win 2-1 over Alaves but the Brazilian struggled to make an impact on his La Liga debut with Barcelona as he was substituted after 65 minutes into the game.
Now after the game, ESPN FC pundit Moreno has warned Coutinho that Messi won’t change his playing style to accommodate his arrival in the team. But Moreno believes that Coutinho is good enough to overcome that problem with time just like former Barcelona stars have done.
The Venezuelan said on ESPN FC: “Lionel Messi’s not going to adjust to Coutinho, Coutinho will have to adjust to Messi. Some players haven’t been able to thrive in that role. Fabregas had difficulties with that, Alexis Sanchez had difficulties with that. Even Neymar at times had difficulties with that. It wasn’t an immediate success.
So it’s going to take some time but Coutinho is a talented player, so you think talented players will find ways of playing together.”
I completely disagree with what Alejandro Moreno had to say. Messi is well mature to accommodate with other’s need and has shown this on various occasions.