Uruguayan striker Darwin Núñez, the most expensive signing in the history of Benfica after paying 26 million euros to Almería last summer, has gone from starring in a spectacular scoring start to being relegated to the substitution since he is not a starter in the Portuguese league since last February 21.
Since that day, after some muscular discomfort that separated him two games, the 21-year-old Uruguayan international has run out of space in Jorge Jesús’ eleven due, in part, to the good moment that Haris Seferovic and Luca Waldschmidt are going through.
The 29-year-old Swiss international Seferovic has signed a dream March with 7 goals in the four league games, while the German international Waldschmidt, who arrived in the summer from Freiburg, managed to score last day.
A Benfica on a roll
In addition, with Darwin Núñez on the bench, Benfica has managed to chain 5 consecutive victories that have allowed them to regain third place, the last position that gives access to the Champions League.
The absence of the forward of Artigas has coincided with the best moment of the embodied this campaign, so the Uruguayan international will have to win the status of starter.
His last two goals with Benfica were scored on February 11 in a Cup match against Estoril, from the Second Division, thus accumulating a scoring drought of almost two months.
Scores 12 goals
In the League he has 4 goals and 7 assists on goal, although his best records were captured in the Europa League, where he scored 5 goals in 7 games. In Cup it has 3.
That mark caused the Benfica coach, Jorge Jesús, to say then: “This boy will be the best in the world and, unfortunately for me, I will lose him in a short time.”
Despite the substitution, Darwin Núñez has shown his potential so far this season and has stood out as a powerful forward with a lot of overflow, who associates very well and who also stands out in the passing game.