'Coutinho counts as half a player'

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Philippe Coutinho has been described as a stranger in the Bayern Munich team that counts as 'half a player' when he's on the field.

Coutinho, 27, joined the Bundesliga champions on loan in August after falling out of favour at FC Barcelona just one year after becoming the club's record signing.

After a promising start to life in Germany, the criticism has seemingly followed the Brazil international to Munich, with former Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann questioning the player's role in Niko Kovac's starting XI.

"For me, he is a stranger in the team," Hamann told Sport Bild. "I cannot remember a good situation [he's produced] in attack.

"If you have such a player in the team and he does not show any special moments, then, of course, you get problems because in the defence he only counts as half a player.

"He has 30 or 35 games left so he has to start sometime [to show good performances]. He is still on loan from Barca until the end of the season."

Coutinho has scored two goals and registered four assists in 10 appearances for the Bavarian giants since his arrival.

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