Tottenham have been warned about signing Philippe Coutinho by one pundit, who has raised the question of whether the Barcelona midfielder would fit in under Jose Mourinho.
Coutinho’s future looks unclear as he is set to return to Catalonia this summer following a loan spell at Bayern Munich, after failing to settle with the Spanish giants following his move from Liverpool.
Previous reports have suggested that Barca are keen to send the Brazilian on another loan move next term, with Tottenham among the Premier League clubs linked with a move.
Speaking to Football Insider, however, Kevin Phillips highlighted that Giovani Lo Celso – whose loan move from Real Betis was made permanent in January – is a player favoured in midfield by Mourinho.
“I am not sure about Tottenham,” the pundit said. “They have Lo Celso who is a good player and is similar – drifts about and technically very good.
“When I think about what Jose Mourinho demands from his players going forward and going back, in terms of work-rate… Coutinho is a luxury player.
“Is he willing to do that shift that Mourinho would ask?”
Phillips insisted, however, that having seen Coutinho flourish under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, there is every chance the midfielder could do so again in the right environment at Spurs.
“Of course, he is a world-class player and whatever team he ends up going to if they get the best out of him – wow,” Phillips said.
“We saw at Liverpool what a player he is, he just needs to be consistent now
“He could play for any of those top teams but I do not know about Tottenham.”
Rio Ferdinand, meanwhile, backed Tottenham to sign Coutinho.
The former Manchester United defender said: “I would have said Man Utd before Bruno Fernandes turned up, but not now. Would he improve Spurs?
“Yes he would, 100 percent. People like Kane, Dele, Son etc. all feed off someone like him.”