Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez is being widely criticized for his poor display in his latest World Cup match.
Liam Brady, a former Arsenal player, called Darwin Nunez’s performance in Uruguay’s loss to Portugal “very poor” in an interview with RTE. Nunez is having trouble in the World Cup in Qatar.
Nunez arrived in the Middle East with seven goals in seven games. But you wouldn’t have known if you hadn’t been paying close attention to his club play.
He has been more “rusty” and less “ruthless” during the group stages. Nunez appeared as lanky and lost as his 35-year-old strike partner Cavani on Monday night as Uruguay lost 2-0 to a Bruno Fernandes-inspired Portugal. Numerous promising attacks broke down after yet another trampoline touch from a player who, on this evidence, would struggle to trap the proverbial sandbag.
Braddy slammed Darwin Nunez for his latest World Cup Performance
“He has had two terrible, really terrible games.
I watched him play for Liverpool. He looks like a lad. That’s a shot of confidence. I don’t know whether (Manchester City’s Erling) Haaland having the season he’s having has put so much pressure on the lad. He cost an awful lot of money.
He looks like he can’t control the ball. You’ve got to be able to get the ball under control, but it is coming off him. He’s been very poor.”
In defence of Nunez, the £64 million marquee acquisition of Jurgen Klopp did make significant strides over his final few weeks at Liverpool before the World Cup break. A barrage of goals and some significantly better performances from Nunez.
It should not be forgotten that Nunez was working in Spain’s second division just two years ago. He still has a very long way to go, yes. a chainsaw with more rusted edges.
Nunez still has a lot of time on his side, though. He is only 23 and in his debut season at the highest level.
The Qatar World Cup might have arrived too early for Nunez if it did so for Cavani and Luis Suarez.