Rookie of the Week - Darwin Núñez - 22 - Uruguay

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Darwin Nunez Rookie

Darwin is your tradition number 9. Strong, tall, and holds up the ball well. He is athletically gifted coupled with an impressive work rate. The Uruguayan international has drawn comparisons to the goal machine, Edinson Cavani.

Last season, Darwin started off well but contracted Covid. After a spell on the sidelines, he wasn't able to reach his earlier form. This was apparent for the whole Benfica squad, as it was heavily hit by Covid during the 2020/21 season.

This season Darwin has had a good start, scoring 5 and assisting 2 in 9 games for S.L. Benfica in the Primeira Liga. Additionally, he has scored 3 goals in the Champions League, which included an impressive brace against FC Barcelona.

Benfica are currently flying high after smashing rivals S.C. Braga 6-1. One point off first placed FC Porto, it is likely going to be an exciting title fight. Darwin has now cemented his place as a first team starter; it will be interesting to watch how he handles the pressure.

Despite his impressive brace against FC Barcelona, it is likely that Benfica will drop down into the Europa League group stages. From last season we know Darwin enjoys the Europa League, scoring 5 in 7 matches. Furthermore, there is potential for Darin to get international minutes also. Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani aren’t getting any younger and with Maxi Gómez out of form, Darwin is the next in line. There are crucial World Cup qualifiers on the horizon and Darwin might see some game time.

With Benfica on form in the Primeira Liga, it can only mean goals. Núñez being a first team starter is sure to be among them. One big season could see him move to EPL, with plenty of rumours already circulating. With the prospect of a title fight and the Europa League group stages, I predict plenty of goals for Darwin this season. All in all, I think Darwin is a solid investment. Almost certain goals and a future place in the Uruguay National team are awaiting him.

Rookie Rating 8/10 

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