Darwin Nunez can be a hybrid of fellow Uruguayan strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, according to a former coach of the 22-year-old.
Nunez has been heavily linked with a big-money move from Benfica to Liverpool or Manchester United ahead of next season, with a reported fee of up to €100million (£85m) being touted.
“Everyone compares him a lot to Cavani.
“They have a similar style. However, it seems Darwin is faster and more potent than Cavani.
“Cavani, maybe now he is a more experienced player and knows the moments where to press.
“When to attack, when to go back, when to be able to play and associate with his teammates.
“Today, Darwin seems to me to be much more explosive, but apart from that explosiveness.
“He has already shown unbelievable a scoring ability.
“It is the same scoring ability that we saw in Uruguay when he was in the bases of Penarol because he scored many goals there.
“And the truth is, if you ask me about a player who looks quite similar to him, I would say Cavani.”
When asked if there were any similarities to former Liverpool and Barcelona star Suarez, Ramos said:
“I think he has two parts, and it’s half-and-half.
“He has the power that Suarez had to go for everything, to go to the clash, to be a fighter.
“And he also has the part of Cavani, of being a much more athletic player, more physical, more intelligent.
“And I think it’s a union of those two essential things.
“Let’s see. Darwin is still a very young boy. He has to learn a lot.
“It is not to discredit the Portuguese league, but [he will be judged] playing in Spain or Italy, which along with England, are the places where he will surely need much more of his characteristics and his strength to perform much better.”
Reports suggest that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp sees Nunez as an ideal replacement for Sadio Mane.
Who is being linked with a move to Bayern Munich, and Ramos can see why the Reds are interested. However, it may be a bit early for the player to move to such a club.
“Darwin is a player who can help a lot in the recovery of the ball.
“With Uruguay, he does it and does it very well.
“Yes, he is a player who has to play near the area because there he is lethal, he has no regard for the opponent, he knows in advance where the ball is going to fall and where the goal is, [but] I don’t know if it’s time for him to go to Liverpool now. Not because of his conditions, but because [Liverpool] is a massive club.
“There have been players who have been very important in world football who have gone to play for Liverpool and failed.
“I think it would suit Darwin, and I have to say that this is just my opinion. It does not mean I am right.
“But I think it would be better for him to go to a lower team to gain experience.
“Although the moments are now, and Darwin’s time is now, so if he goes to Liverpool, it seems that if Liverpool takes him, it’s because they believe he can work in their team.”
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