Liverpool transfer target Matheus Nunes issued a startling reminder to his potential suitors with a wonder goal for Sporting CP against Rio Ave.
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The 23-year-old midfielder hit a screamer for the second goal in the 3-0 win for Ruben Amorim’s side.
The Portuguese international picked up the ball with acres of space around 30-yards out from goal, and after assessing his options, hit a remarkable effort into the top corner in what made for a marauding celebration of appreciation from the Sporting fans.
As per a report from The Sun, the midfielder has attracted interest from the likes of Leeds United and Wolves, along with Liverpool, with a fee as high as £43million said to be enough to secure his signature.
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Nunes has impressed during the last two seasons at Sporting with his Champions League performances against Manchester City seeing him earn utmost praise from none other than Pep Guardiola himself, with the Spaniard describing him as “one of the best players in the world.”
Nunes’ impact on the pitch cannot be understated. But this is despite the Portugal international having much of the ball, yet he still finds a way to shine with metrics that demonstrate utmost efficiency.
Nunes completes an average of 29.41 passes per 90, which places him in the 15th percentile amongst positionally similar players. This is a very low ranking, but 10.45 of these passes are under pressure, which is an entirely contrasting and elite metric that places the Portuguese midfielder in the 87th percentile.
Despite averaging just 50.49 touches per game, Nunes completes 3.19 dribbles with a progressive carrying distance of 141.73 yards – another elite total.
Ultimately, he does not see much of the ball, but does a lot with it when in possession. Having chipped in with nine goal contributions in 50 appearances in the form of four goals and five assists from midfield last season, he is a statistical anomaly.
His impact cannot be underestimated and his screamer against Rio Ave was a gentle reminder to the likes of Klopp and co.