Darwin Nunez, a Liverpool forward, has confessed that the Premier League’s level of competition has surprised him
Nunez has battled to establish himself since his big-money summer move from Benfica. And, in an interview with Sky Sports today, the Uruguayan admits he wasn’t quite prepared for the step up in quality from Portugal.
“This is a significant shift. The league is stronger and more competitive here. I wasn’t expecting it to be so potent. “Nico Otamendi told me that, but I was still surprised,” he remarked.
“It has greatly impressed me. There are no such things as bad teams. They’re all in this league for a specific reason. Football is more challenging and competitive than in Portugal. You don’t have a lot of time.”
Nunez is failing to fit in at Liverpool.
It should be noted that Nunez is still a young athlete adjusting to a completely new situation in his playing career.
It’s easy to forget Darwin is only twenty-three years old, perhaps because of his price tag.
A large transfer fee can be burdensome for any player. That is especially true for a young player. Chelsea fans should brace themselves for something similar with new acquisition Enzo Fernandez,
who came over from Benfica.
In normal conditions, Liverpool would be alright with waiting. Nunez would be allowed time to find his feet with veteran forwards like Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah surrounding him.
Unfortunately, the season has not gone as planned. Due to injuries to more senior players, Nunez has forced to come in sooner than Jurgen Klopp would have liked.
With Liverpool floundering all over the field, Darwin’s problems have been emphasized even more.
It should be noted, however, that not everything can be attributed to a struggle to adapt. Nunez’s overall performance has been particularly strong in recent months. So far, his problem has simply been a lack of opportunities.
In this regard, locating the net in England is analogous to finding the net in Portugal. Or, at the very least, it should be. The goalkeeper’s quality may be enhanced, but that isn’t really a factor. Rather than seeing shots saved, Darwin frequently misses the goal entirely. However, when he adjusts to the pace of the Premier League, this should improve. We’re all behind you, Darwin; keep going!