New Liverpool signing Darwin Nunez will surprise a few people with the amount of goals he scores next season.
So says TalkSPORT pundit Andy Townsend. Asked whether he thinks Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus will score more than Nunez next season, Townsend said he thinks the Liverpool player could shock everyone.
“I wouldn’t. (say Jesus will score more). At the moment Liverpool are a better team than Arsenal, they create more chances than Arsenal. If Darwin Nunez gets off to a good start early on, I think he could surprise you in that respect,” said the pundit.
“I’m fascinated by Darwin Nunez, I watched him a few times last season, haven’t seen copious amounts of him, far from it. But I do think he’ll get more chances playing in a Liverpool team than Gabriel Jesus might get in an Arsenal team.
“I’m tempted to go (Raheem) Sterling and/or Nunez to score more than him (Jesus).”
Darwin being written off already
It’s so strange to see a player written off as much as Darwin has been after his first couple of pre-season games for Liverpool. The player himself was even forced to offer a rebuttal on Twitter over the weekend.
That seems incredibly over-the-top. Especially when you consider that, one or two missed opportunities aside, Nunez actually looked pretty sharp.
Unfortunately, from the tone of his Twitter post, it looks as though the 23-year-old might be letting some of the criticism get to him.
It’s completely understandable that he would. He’s at a new team, after a big price-tag, and is probably putting a lot of pressure on himself. But he needn’t.
He’ll get plenty of time in the eyes of the Liverpool fans, and Jurgen Klopp has been unequivocally clear that he is a signing for the next 10 years, not the next 10 months.
There are few better man-managers in the business than Klopp. The boss will no doubt make sure that Nunez doesn’t feel the pressure from the outside, or better, uses it to his advantage.
That will come with time, though. It could hardly be earlier days for Nunez at Liverpool. This is a player who scored 34 goals last season. It shouldn’t be a surprise if he does the same at Liverpool. But after around an hour of football for his new team, and no goals, some are calling him a flop.
Townsend at least knows the score. For the rest, write him off at your peril!