Fans love to make predictions about a new player’s performance in their first season whenever their team signs one. This is especially true for strikers, whose goal totals are likely to start at 20 and only increase depending on how optimistic the opinion is.
Yet the very best forwards can still spring a surprise. Nobody was predicting that Mohamed Salah would score 44 goals in 2017/18. Jürgen Klopp had to be convinced to sign the Egyptian, so he wouldn’t have expected that tally. Even the analysts at Liverpool who stated Salah’s case to the manager didn’t expect him to blaze out of the traps to that extent. Even optimistic predictions can be rendered pointless.
Nonetheless, people are inevitably going to speculate about how well Darwin Núñez is going to perform in 2022/23. His circumstances are somewhat different and more difficult than those which Salah faced too. The Egyptian signed from Roma to enhance and improve the Reds’ attack, whereas Núñez effectively has to replace the output of Sadio Mané. It will not be easy.
The concerns regarding the Uruguayan’s hopes of Premier League success largely stem from where he has played his football. Portugal is not considered to be one of Europe’s top five leagues, though some view it as of higher standard overall than France. But either way, it’s unlikely Núñez will be able to repeat his 2021/22 tally of 26 league goals when he takes his first crack at English football.