Coutinho v Antonio Valencia: Who has more Premier League goals and assists?

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Despite only signing for Liverpool in January, Coutinho has been more effective than his fellow South American has been for Manchester United across the whole season.

Manchester United's Antonio Valencia may have ended the season with a Premier League title winner's medal, but from a personal point of view the Ecuadorian has not met the expectations of the last.

He was a key figure for Manchester United in 2011/12, scoring four goals and providing 14 assists in the league alone as they missed out on the title on goal difference.

This season he has been a shadow of that player, with his crossing talents lacking the pinpoint precision they had in his previous seasons at the club.

Meanwhile there is a new South American sensational dazzling the Premier League, across at rival club Liverpool, who only made his debut for the Reds on February 11.

Since arriving he has been highly impressive, and far more eye-catching than Antonio Valencia, but has he done enough in a short space of time to exceed the Ecuadorian's output for United this season?

The quick answer to that question is yes, Coutinho has more goals than Valencia, and more assists too.

Valencia has played 29 league games this season for United in 2012/13, while Coutinho has played under half that, with 12 appearances to his name.

It has not been hard for Coutinho to surpass Valencia's goal tally, as the United man has scored just one goal - Against West Ham last month.

Coutinho has already netted twice for Liverpool since arriving, including on his debut start against Swansea. But when comparing assists is where it gets interesting.

Valencia has provided five assists for United this season, but none of those have come since December, meaning he has not created a goal for the club in 2013, or before Coutinho arrived at the Reds.

Liverpool's Coutinho has on the other hand been almost unstoppable, creating another goal for the club in the win over Fulham yesterday, taking his total for the club to eight.

Valencia's fellow United wingers, Ashley Young - five - and Nani - five, have also been less productive across the whole season than Coutinho has for Liverpool over the last few months.

What this tells us is not only that the 20-year-old Coutinho has an incredible future ahead of him, but that United have serious questions to ask about their wide men this summer.

None of them have looked remotely dangerous this season, and while the summer arrival of Wilfriez Zaha may shake things up, considering the Crystal Palace prospect cost £7 million more than Coutinho, United may just feel they missed out on a bargain in January.

How good can Coutinho be next season? Does Zaha have any chance of outperforming him?

stats source: transfermarkt

image: © Dean Jones

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