Gaetan Coucke currently plays for Belgian first division side KV Mechelen in the Belgium top flight. He is a versatile player, having also featured for Watford, Celtic and Manchester City among other top sides. Gaetan Coucke’s best days are hopefully behind him, as he seeks to achieve even greater heights of stardom. But his path has always been one that is strewn with much disappointment and heartbreak for fans of football. Gaetan Coucke started off as a trainee with FC Ajax of the Netherlands before moving to Scotland with Celtic. He then spent a spell with Italian giants Inter Milan but never earned a regular playing role and returned to whence he began his international career in 1996 plays for the Scotland senior team.
If you were to take a quick glance at Gaetan Coucke’s career statistics, you would instantly see how limited his abilities are and just how much potential he possesses, but despite this it does not mean that the 24-year-old is unable to produce anything meaningful on a football pitch. He is simply not talented enough or effective enough to ever challenge the already highly-skilled players of Ajax or Celtic, but has he got what it takes to be a football superstar? That is entirely up to you.
It was while playing for Scotland that Gaetan Coucke made his name and was given his first international break, but he was never able to make an impact at that level. After that he signed for Italian giants Internazionale, where he was a key cog in their dominance of the European game over the previous half decade, but never quite lived up to the billing as Internazionale coach Carlo Ancelloti called him. Instead, Gaetan Coucke moved onto Celtic, but despite their transfer market exploits, never seemed to be able to live up to the billing of being a top flight football player. Gaetan Coucke’s best chance of stardom came in the 1998/99 season, when he was part of the Scotland squad that featured legends like John Collins, David Gray and Gary Speed. Despite being one of the youngest players in that squad, Gaetan Coucke impressed for Scotland enough to earn a call up to the England national team, where he impressed on his debut and impressed even more when England manager Capello gave him a chance to play in the centre of defence.
Despite having a good amount of respect throughout the footballing world, Coucke has struggled to cement a place in the England team, and has even been substituted on a few occasions. His performances have also been marred by injury, with the ankle issue giving him a lot to trouble about and making his position somewhat unstable. Gaetan Coucke could also become a victim of inconsistency, given that he is only naturally a right wing player and is not blessed with pace or aerial ability. However, given the amount of injuries that English football has produced in recent times, coupled with Gaetan Coucke’s own lack of flexibility, consistency may well be the clincher for Gaetan Coucke in the long term.
Despite that, Gaetan Coucke still has a long career ahead of him in the UK, and many believe that he will succeed in earning a recall to England’s national side. Coucke has already stated that he will give it his all to represent his country again, and should he ever get an opportunity to play in the top flight, he will not let his opportunities pass by, insisting that he has what it takes to make it. In fact, given that Gaetan Coucke has not exactly dazzled during his time at Spurs, many English fans are wondering if he might have to start the England career out on the bench.
However, given that Gaetan Coucke has impressed in his appearances for Spurs, many will not take too kindly to the idea of the midfielder moving on to play second fiddle to Ledgerwoods and Terry Carlton for the rest of his days on the football pitch. Gaetan Coucke must therefore ensure that his performances for Spurs do not fall flat, and this season could well be his big chance to really make his mark for himself. If this opportunity comes along though, then it is highly unlikely that any club would offer him any type of new contract. This is because the player already has one year of football already under his belt, and even if he ends up winning the England match, many would view this as a satisfactory end to a three-year apprenticeship at Spurs. Gaetan Coucke has yet to prove himself to be a goalscorer for his team, although he has been a standout performer throughout the season. His excellent performances have not done this however, despite being deployed in a central position, given that it is precisely in these wide areas that the potential for Gaetan Coucke lies.