Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has tipped Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho to do well in Europe and to light up the UEFA Champions’ League.
Barton feels that the Ox has ‘a taste for big games’, despite currently struggling to secure a regular place in Arsene Wenger’s starting lineup.
“What I like about him is that he seems to have a taste for the big games,” he wrote on his website, www.joeybarton.com.
“His performance bursting from midfield away to Bayern in the Champions League last year, his goal at the Maracana and his performance against Liverpool in the FA Cup make me think this could be his year.”
“If he can stay clear of injury. With a starting place for England up for grabs, he’ll be looking to nail down a place with some decent displays in Europe.”
Barton also believes that Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho can have a similar impact, despite his recent dip in form.
“Is stats last year were pretty impressive: five goals, seven assists, 23 blocked shots and 81% pass completion, and he’s started brightly this year too,” wrote Barton.
“The only problem is that Liverpool have signed a lot of good attacking players in the summer and he’s no longer guaranteed a place in the starting line up.”
“But if he does manage to establish himself in the first 11, I fancy him to make a big impression.”