Erling Haaland’s arrival at Manchester City has been adopted via Liverpool’s seize of their very own big-money ahead.
It sees Darwin Núñez arrive from Benfica in a deal set to be value an preliminary £64m, probably emerging to £85m with add-on charges.
The 22-year-old striker used to be related to more than a few Premier League groups however Jurgen Klopp’s aspect briefly wrapped up the switch to steer clear of a bidding warfare with the likes of Manchester United and Newcastle United.
“Darwin is a wonderful player; already really good but so much potential to get even better. That’s why it’s so exciting, to be honest. He has all the pieces we look for. He can set a tempo, he brings energy, he can threaten space from central and wide areas. He is aggressive and dynamic with his movement.
“He plays without fear, he’s powerful. I know he will excite our supporters.” – Jurgen Klopp
He comes with a large price and prime expectancies however the place does the Uruguay global have compatibility in at Liverpool and what affect will he have in Fantasy Premier League (FPL)?
We’ll strive to reply to the ones questions beneath.
His explosive season for Benfica has endured a quick escalation. It didn’t take many Peñarol appearances till Almeria snapped him up for the Spanish Second Division. One fruitful yr later and he used to be off to the Portuguese capital for round £20m, with Almeria now set to profit additional via receiving 20% of Benfica’s benefit.
Five assists arrived in his first 4 fits, netting at the 5th strive towards Belenenses. Yet his first season used to be somewhat unspectacular, with the primary 9 appearances after a hamstring harm all cameos off the bench.
The 2021/22 marketing campaign used to be very other. A impressive 26 objectives from 28 league fits integrated a trio of hat-tricks and 5 braces. Knee surgical treatment over the previous summer season supposed Núñez overlooked the primary two outings however he briefly made up for misplaced time.
He used to be most probably already on Klopp’s radar ahead of their facets met within the Champions League quarter-finals, such is the forward-thinking Liverpool switch group that introduced in fellow Liga Portugal star Luis Diaz.
However, he made positive he remained in Klopp’s ideas after scoring in each legs towards Liverpool. The first noticed him race into the field to obtain a go from the best wing, while the second one got here from a protracted ball that his teammate couldn’t regulate so Núñez stepped in to coolly end.
Additional objectives got here towards Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Ajax to verify his first Champions League revel in introduced an excellent six from ten fits.
PLAYING STYLE/UNDERLYING STATS
“He has a similar style to [Edinson] Cavani but it seems to me that Darwin is faster and more powerful. He has the power that [Luis] Suarez had to go for it all, to go to the clash and fight with the rival. He also has the part of Cavani, of being a much more athletic player, more physical, more intelligent. I think he is a combination of those two things.” – Former Peñarol supervisor Leonardo Ramos
At 6ft 2in tall, Núñez gives extra of a bodily presence than Liverpool’s different attackers. His 5 headed objectives of ultimate season are greater than everybody within the Premier League, with Harry Kane, Diogo Jota and Danny Welbeck completing on 4.
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A crude comparability of the underlying stats presentations Nunez greater than matching his new teammates for a lot of the important thing metrics, even though we do need to slap a hefty ‘Primeira Liga’ tax on the ones figures. Still, whilst the opposition calibre will increase within the Premier League, so too does the standard of participant across the younger Uruguayan and the extent of provider he’ll obtain.
One factor that in point of fact stands proud from ultimate season is his target conversion: 30.8% of the pictures he took within the Portuguese height flight ended up within the internet. That’s a determine we don’t see frequently in any respect within the Premier League: certainly, in 2021/22, best two first-choice forwards bettered 20%, let on my own 30%, with their shot-to-goal conversion charges.
Can Nunez get just about matching that determine in 2022/23? There needs to be some scepticism, with the obligatory highlights reel that includes some iffy Iberian goalkeeping and his target conversion fee within the earlier marketing campaign being a much less spectacular 10.3%.
With all this communicate of objectives, it’s simple to label Nunez as a centre-forward when he has additionally confirmed his effectiveness from out large. According to WhoScored, he frequently cuts inside of from the left and is a robust dribbler.
Still creating, Núñez’s weaknesses come with maintaining onto the ball and basic link-up play. He additionally wanders offside too frequently. Indeed, he strayed offside on 23 events all over ultimate season’s Liga Portugal – a fee of 0.8 consistent with fit that best Cristiano Ronaldo and Maxwel Cornet may outdo.
WHERE NUNEZ FITS IN AT LIVERPOOL
Above: League heatmaps for (left to proper) Darwin Nunez, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz, taken from SofaScore
Naturally, he’ll be noticed as a Sadio Mane alternative must the Senegalese celebrity go away for Bayern Munich, even though his heatmap for ultimate season turns out to intently resemble Jota.
Like the Portugal global, he’s nominally a central striker however ready to play at the left flank. Mane, because it occurs, had made the opposite transfer within the final levels of 2021/22, that includes an increasing number of because the spearhead of a three-man frontline after spending the majority of his profession at Anfield at the left wing.
Núñez possesses the flexibility wanted for Klopp’s fluid assault, so now and then he might be an FPL ahead enjoying as an inverted winger.
As Klopp evolves his group to triumph over staleness and age, Liverpool now find a way to combine issues up by way of Núñez’s aerial risk.
IS NUNEZ WORTH BUYING IN FPL?
The considered including those headers to the crosses of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson is spellbinding. No group totalled extra deliveries than Liverpool’s 897, with 221 a success.
Beyond that, he joins a typically remarkable assault. For 2021/22, Mohamed Salah, Mane and Jota all ranked throughout the height 5 FPL choices for pictures throughout the field, penalty space touches and anticipated objectives.
What would possibly power Fantasy managers to undertake a ‘wait and see’ coverage is the phrases of Klopp himself. At least 5 attack-minded choices will likely be competing for 3 puts and the top trainer would possibly come to a decision to ease the Uruguayan into motion.
“It’s important we all recognise we are getting a ‘work in progress’ with Darwin. He recognises that himself, for sure. I love how much focus and humility he has. We have wonderful attacking options already and he becomes part of that now. So there is no pressure on him at all. He signs for a very long time and we intend to nurture his talent and see it grow.” – Jurgen Klopp
“His playing style – rampaging around central defenders like a bull and dragging them into wide channels – has always suggested broad shoulders, as has his resistance to difficulties. If there is a note of caution, it is that Núñez’s high-impact style could end up taking its toll on him in the Premier League.” – European skilled Andy Brassell
It’s additionally value noting that 4 of Nunez’s league moves in 2021/22 got here from the spot and it seems not going that he’ll have the ability to depend on consequences at Liverpool, with Salah in most cases taking price from 12 yards on every occasion James Milner hasn’t been at the box.
Considering the fewer prolific Roberto Firmino has at all times began the season between £8.5m and £9.5m, Núñez it will likely be in opposition to the top-end of that worth bracket. It could also be perfect to observe him over the primary month ahead of deciding whether or not to pounce, even though a powerful pre-season will certainly tempt suitors.
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