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'Has something about him': Gary Neville wowed by Aston Villa player tonight
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'Has something about him': Gary Neville wowed by Aston Villa player tonight

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville praised Aston Villa star Philippe Coutinho in Friday night’s Premier League win over Southampton.

The Villans ace has struggled at times this season and only made the bench for Villa’s last two games prior to Friday.

In addition, Coutinho has also been left out of the Brazil squad for the upcoming friendlies against Ghana and Tunisia.

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Ahead of Friday night’s match, Steven Gerrard backed him get back to his best in wake of those setbacks.

“He has had his strongest week this week,” the Express & Star quoted Gerrard as saying.

“I think that is a combination of coming out of our team and coming out of the Brazil squad.

“Knowing what is inside Phil – the character , the man , the player – I think he is sleeves up at the moment and we have seen that in training this week.

“He has been the top performer by some distance. That is where we need Phil Coutinho because that is when you see the Phil Coutinho that we love.”

And on Friday, Coutinho delivered an impressive performance against Saints, with Villa scoring what turned out to be the winner on 41 minutes through Jacob Ramsey.

Coutinho played a corner short before whipping in a cross towards the head of Ollie Watkins.

Gavin Bazunu made a good save but couldn’t stop the ball from bouncing off the bar and into the path of Ramsey, who fired in on the rebound.

At half time, Neville said on Sky Sports (16/9, 20:56): “For the goal, the goalkeeper got a strong hand on it and he should have got it over the bar.

“Villa just shaded the first half in terms of chances but they haven’t been brilliant.

“Coutinho, in what was a pretty poor half, is the one player who looks like he has something about him.”

The Brazilian featured until the 83rd minute, when Danny Ings took his place off the bench.

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