Stevie Nicol has stated that he would pick Darwin Nunez over Gabriel Jesus because there is ‘more of an upside’ to the Liverpool player than the Arsenal striker, as he told ESPN.
The Liverpool legend had a pop at Gabriel Jesus and claimed ‘all of a sudden’ the Arsenal summer signing is a ‘superstar’ after ‘nobody said a word’ about him during his five years in the Premier League.
Jesus moved from Brazil to England back in 2017 when Pep Guardiola snapped up the highly-rated youngster for Manchester City.
Given the ridiculous array of big-money talent on show at the Etihad, it was difficult for Jesus to be the main man in Manchester and take a regular central role.
Although, he did play essential roles during Man City’s still-dominant success on the domestic stage, including winning four out of the last five Premier League titles.
Nonetheless, when Nicol was asked whether he would take the currently high-flying Jesus over Nunez, who has had a slow life to start on Merseyside, the Liverpool legend sent a clear message.
“No, not at all,” said Nicol. “I think because the upside of Darwin Nunez is better than the upside of Jesus.
“Let’s be honest, Jesus has been in the Premier League for, how many years? Five? And all of a sudden, yes he’s playing great, but we are talking about a guy who has been in the Premier League for five years and he’s had a good spell for the last four or five months at Man City. And these eight or so games Arsenal have had.
“He’s already been in the Premier League for five years and nobody said a word about him. All of a sudden he’s a superstar, is he?!”
JESUS AND NUNEZ’S TIME TO SHINE…
When Jesus and Nunez arrived at their respective clubs in the summer, there was a lot of expectancy on their shoulders, and so far, only one man is talking.
It’s still early days, but it’s games like the one on Sunday afternoon that lift your status as a player and Arsenal’s home clash against Liverpool is a chance for either, if not both, to shine when the light is at its brightest.
It’s obvious that Mikel Arteta will start Jesus, but will Jurgen Klopp put Nunez’s name on the starting teamsheet at the Emirates?
In midweek, as Liverpool recorded a much-needed win over Rangers in the Champions League, the German changed formation by playing four attackers, including Nunez, so it will be interesting if they stick to that and try to stop Arsenal from moving back to the top of the table.