Alan Shearer has claimed that opposition fans are being ‘cruel’ to Darwin Nunez with a new chant.
Nunez has been subjected to a song declaring him to be a ‘____ Andy Carroll’ from the stands over recent months. Hilarious, I know. But writing for The Athletic, Shearer said he wasn’t a fan of the comparison.
“Nobody has fluffed more big chances than Nunez in the Premier League this season (15 according to Opta). Place that next to an initial transfer fee of £64m, compare his 10 goals in all competitions to Erling Haaland’s 27 for Manchester City, factor in the Norwegian’s cheaper cost and Liverpool’s struggles in the Premier League, plus those cruel chants from opposition fans about him being “just a s*** Andy Carroll”, and it doesn’t look great, does it?” began the Premier League legend.
“Most of that is grossly unfair, though. Nunez is a modern forward in the same kind of mould as Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane rather than a traditional centre-forward, and he is certainly not a goalscoring freak like Haaland (which is meant as the sincerest compliment). But then, who is?”
Nunez nothing like Carroll
Most Liverpool fans won’t necessarily mind the taunts from the opposition about Nunez. As the Wolves fans demonstrated ably last weekend, the Uruguayan tends to answer the songs about him with a goal.
Still, that doesn’t seem to stop them trying to be funny.
Not that it’ll bother Nunez too much. It would be a surprise to learn that he has any idea at all what’s being sung about him.
No disrespect to big Andy C, but it would be a real shock to learn that Darwin had any knowledge of his game, too.
And besides, is it really that much of an insult anyway? Carroll struggled under the weight of a heavy price-tag at Liverpool but otherwise has had a pretty decent career.
Regardless, Nunez looks like having a far better one. The 23-year-old is only one goal from equalling Carroll’s tally of 11 for Liverpool, having played 35 games less.
It would be a major surprise if Nunez lasted just a season-and-a-half at Anfield, as the former England striker did, too.
Instead, the £140k-a-week man looks like he’ll only get better from here. He’s here for the long run. Sing about him, taunt him, it’ll only make him stronger.
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