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Winterburn warns Arsenal of signing ‘unconvincing’ Coutinho

Fri 04 June 2021 | 16:34

After spending an unsuccessful season at Nou Camp, the former Liverpool man is reportedly on his way out of the club as Arsenal, Everton, and Spurs are monitoring the 28-year-old’s situation.

Despite being able to perform at the highest levels of European football during his time at Liverpool, the former Arsenal defender, Nigel Winterburn, urges his side to stay clear of an ‘expensive gamble’. He told

Goal

: "I wouldn't go down that line, we've got a lot of young talent coming through.

"Unless he would be on the right wages or if there was a way to fit him in then it could be an option.

"It's been touted around so much I don't believe it'll happen.

"Coutinho was very good at Liverpool, but since then I've not been impressed and I'm not convinced by it."

Quizzed whether the Gunners should rely on some of their youth talents such as Emile Smith Rowe and Joe Willock, Winterburn added: "Willock went on loan to get a lot more game time in the Premier League and he's done that.

"It's difficult to assess them sometimes and that final step into the first team, we've seen it with [Bukayo] Saka who's been a revelation.

"But, one or two of the younger players who have been given a taste haven't managed to make the step like Saka.

"Willock has been very strong in the cup competitions, but in the Premier League he hasn't hit those heights for Arsenal.

"On the flip side, it might be down to the amount of game time he's getting at that level, but he's shown what he can do at Newcastle.

"He's a player I really like, so I hope he is given a chance to come in and fill that role."

 


source: Goal