Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was supposedly left ‘fuming’ after the club failed to land Philippe Coutinho in the summer.
The Sun claim Spurs’ failure over the Brazilian irked the 47-year-old, who has seemingly struggled to work out his best midfield this term.
Pochettino has played around with the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso and is yet to settle.
Tottenham became linked with Coutinho in the summer (The Sun) following his struggles at Barcelona in 2018/19, in which he was often criticised by fans.
Pochettino managed Coutinho at Espanyol, and there was talk the pair could reunite, but a shock move on transfer deadline day never materialised despite plenty of noise.
Apparently, Pochettino made his feelings clear to Daniel Levy about the player and is convinced he would have helped with the rebuild.
TBR’s view – A missed opportunity
Coutinho may not have hit the ground running at Bayern Munich, but it might have been a different story had Spurs got him.
Under Pochettino there’s a good chance he would have flourished.
He obviously knows the Premier League from his time at Liverpool, and would have arrived ready to prove his critics at Barca wrong.
Realistically Spurs should have cashed in on Eriksen, whose form has been rather alarming so far in 2019/20.