Coutinho the perfect Eriksen replacement

Tottenham have once again fallen short in the title race, and now find themselves contending with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United for a top four spot.

It is sad to see that once again the club has not managed to keep pace with the teams at the top of the league, but what can fans realistically expect when so little is invested in the team?

Spurs are the only club in Europe’s top leagues not to sign a player in both the summer and the most recent winter transfer windows. It seems crazy when the club are so close to winning a major trophy, that Daniel Levy is not investing.

Now instead of strengthening it seems the club may face losing one of their top stars in Cristian Eriksen. Italian press report that Madrid are confident of signing the Danish international for €50m-€60m. With his contract due to expire next summer, Spurs would surely have to accept such a high amount of money.

Should he leave, Spurs will need to replace him with a player at least as good and that will be difficult, but the availability of Phillipe Coutinho may well present an opportunity.

Philippe Coutinho has fallen out of favour in Barcelona

According to ESPN, Barcelona are open to selling Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho and would consider offers in excess of £90million.

“Barcelona do not have a firm offer from any club at this point, but some have expressed an interest in the player,” a source at the club told ESPN FC. “Key people, who are either directly or indirectly linked with various clubs have been following the situation closely.”

Manchester United and Chelsea are the two clubs mentioned in ESPN’s article as potential suitors, but Tottenham should be involved in the bidding if they lose their most creative player in Eriksen.

Although he has failed to hit the ground running at Barcelona, Coutinho has undoubted quality and it was that quality that saw Barcelona invest over £100million to sign him just last year.

A player of his ability would probably be an improvement on Eriksen and we already know that he can perform in the Premier League.

Coutinho was incredible for Liverpool between 2013-2018, scoring 41 goals in 152 appearances and assisting many more.

Even during his ‘unsuccessful’ year at Barcelona, he’s managed to score 12 goals. Not bad at all. Aged 26, his best years are still ahead of him and the thought of the former Liverpool player in this Tottenham team makes me very excited.