Following another disappointing display from Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona fans are beginning to turn on him and vent their frustrations on Twitter.
When Coutinho moved from Liverpool to Barca for £142m last year, it looked as though the Catalan giants had potentially found themselves an heir to the considerable throne Andres Iniesta was to leave behind.
However, this season the 26-year-old’s form has failed to really inspire such hopes from the Barcelona faithful. His goals and assists have dried up and now his game time has followed accordingly, with the Brazilian having to settle for a more regular role as a benchwarmer this season.
The Copa del Rey tie against Levante was a way for Coutinho to perhaps reminds everyone just what he is capable of. Unfortunately, Barca lost the game 2-1 and the attacking midfielder failed to impress.
Despite him bagging a penalty, football fans have taken to twitter to express their dissatisfaction with the Brazilian’s display.
Barcelona paying 160 million for Coutinho at the age of 26 is definitely the biggest rip off of all time.
— Sameh (@BigCasi14) 10 January 2019
As much as it hurts to say this:
Coutinho is shit, there, I said it.
— Beto (@Beto_bandes) 10 January 2019
Coutinho’s not a first choice for Barcelona & hes been atrocious in the 1st half here.
It really was a fantastic deal for Liverpool.
— Del Fearo (@delfearo) 10 January 2019
I think Coutinho is very talented and has great quality, but he’s going in the wrong direction and so far Valverde hasn’t done anything to help him.
— BarcAddicts (@BarcAddicts) 10 January 2019
Does Coutinho know what final ball is? Must you shoot? Are you a bastard?
— Lion (@JeSuisMichael__) 10 January 2019
The abject cup performance really did seem to some up Coutinho’s recent form – he misplaced a number of passes and struggled to make much of a positive impact for Ernesto Valverde’s outfit.
In light of his poor form, rumours are now beginning to propose the idea that Barca could sell Coutinho in order to fund a return for Neymar this summer.
I don’t know what’s better about the Coutinho scenario.
Is it the £142m fee?
Is it the fact he’s struggling and Barca fans hate him?
Or is it the fact that part of his contract states Barca have to pay a £100m premium for LFC players in the future.
They’ve done themselves
— Dominic Campbell (@dom_campbell) 10 January 2019