Former Bayern midfielder, Dietmar Hamann is unimpressed with Philippe Coutinho’s start to life at the club. Coutinho joined Bayern Munich in the summer on a season-long loan, and the German club have the option to make his stay permanent for €120 million.
The 42-year-old Hamann feels the attacker is not contributing enough going forward or in defence for his new club.
Hamann, who spent the bulk of his career at Bayern and Coutinho’s former club, Liverpool, said:
“For me, he is a stranger in the team,” he told Sport Bild.
“I cannot remember a good situation [he’s produced] in attack. If you have such a player in the team and he does not show any special moments, then, of course, you get problems because in the defence he only counts as half a player.”
“He has 30 or 35 games left so he has to start sometime [to show good performances]. He is still on loan from Barca until the end of the season.”
Philippe Coutinho has received his first bit of criticism while at Bayern Munich. According to former player Dietmar Hamman, the Brazilian is “like a stranger in the team” and only shows “50% of his talent”. [via md] pic.twitter.com/ZPAumYg3eb
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Bayern coach, Niko Kovac, meanwhile has defended Coutinho’s performance during a post-match press conference.
“At the moment he lacks a little bit of luck,” said the Bayern head coach.
“He always has good actions. I am very satisfied with his performance as well as with the performance of the others.”
The Bavarian giants are currently sitting third in the Bundesliga, but they could return to the summit if results go their way this weekend, with current leaders Borussia Monchengladbach due to take on a tough trip to Bayer Leverkusen.