Glen Johnson Exclusive: Coutinho Can Help Villa Kick-On
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Glen Johnson Exclusive: Coutinho Can Help Villa Kick-On

Glen Johnson believes that “proper footballer” Philippe Coutinho can help Aston Villa kick on and challenge for a European spot next season. Coutinho’s career stuttered after leaving Liverpool for Barcelona in 2018 – falling out of favour in Catalonia and being loaned to Bayern Munich, who declined to purchase him permanently. However, a move to Villa in January saw the Brazilian showcase his talents once more, scoring four and assisting three in his first eight league appearances. And former Premier League star Johnson feels Steven Gerrard’s side will have lofty ambitions next term, when they could be eyeing qualification for European football.


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Villa Can Compete For Top-Six

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “They [Aston Villa] will take anything around the sixth spot, I imagine. 

“They will want to compete and push it as far down the line as they can, but you don’t expect them to be threatening the top four. 

“They had a good season last year, so there’s no reason why they can’t kick on again.”

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Coutinho Praise

Johnson hailed Villa’s capture of Coutinho back in January and remains effusive in his praise of the attacking midfielder’s technical qualities.

“He [Coutinho] is a great signing,” he added. “I said before they signed him, ‘if you get the opportunity, you have to sign him.’

“If you get him enjoying himself, he’s a proper footballer. 

“The way he thinks and the way he moves makes him a great technician. It's no surprise to me that he took [the Premier League] by storm last season.”

 

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