Four things Coutinho must do to become the best footballer in the Premier League

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2) Arrive late in the penalty box.

Traditional Brazilian playmakers, or no.10s, are not necessarily expected to make tireless runs into the area. They prefer to hover on the edges, drifting around and controlling the game like a puppeteer. But in the Premier League, the best attacking midfielders score as many goals as they create. Think Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in their prime. Yes, they’re different, more physical players the Coutinho – but our no.10 has that burst of pace and impressive fitness to add the ‘late dart into the box’ into his game. Rarely do we see Coutinho arriving on the end of something. He should gamble more, ready himself for rebounds, and run beyond a centre-forward more often. At the moment, his goals are always beautiful. Let’s add some ugly ones.

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