Darwin Nunez was a butt of the joke for many earlier in the season, but it's fair to say that such a narrative has switched up in recent times.
Watching the Liverpool striker play, it's clear that he possesses huge potential. He is very unpolished at times, but when it comes together he looks like someone who could be a top class forward. At 23-years old and having grown in consistency in recent weeks, you'd imagine it won't be too long before he starts to find the back of the net with far more frequency.
Even those who derided Nunez in months gone by have moved in recent times, with his goal likely to lessen such discussions even further.
However, it appears that not everyone got that message.
Irish politician criticised for Darwin Nunez comment
The worlds of sport and politics tend to mix quite a bit, often in unexpected ways.
Politicians love to use weird sporting analogies and apply them to the political sphere, something that often goes down like a lead balloon. There have been countless examples in the past, with Labour TD Ged Nash joining the list earlier today.
He was speaking after the announcement of the Government's new living supports, which he felt clearly didn't go far enough or were being given to the right groups. To get that point across, Irish Examiner journalist Paul Hosford revealed how he threw an odd dig at Darwin Nunez.
On a sunny plinth today, Labour's Ged Nash says that the Government's cost of living supports are "as well targeted as a Darwin Nunez shot from outside the box". pic.twitter.com/Zr2IRaZGw1
— Paul Hosford (@PTHosford) February 21, 2023
You can't help but cringe after seeing comments such as this one, so it has gone down about as well as you would expect.
There were two types of disapproval doing the rounds online. The first were Liverpool fans, who were quick to point out that any criticism of Darwin's Nunez's proficiency in front of goal just didn't make sense.
The same Darwin Núñez who has more shots on target per 90 minutes than any other player in the Premier League? https://t.co/Nh4CT6u13M
— James Nalton (@JDNalton) February 21, 2023
Tell me you don’t watch Darwin without telling me you don’t watch Darwin. https://t.co/qAE1r9zGAP pic.twitter.com/pyvmhCgOQE
— Kevin Hatchard 🎙⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) February 21, 2023
Shows how much Ged Nash knows about ANYTHING that he couldn’t simply google something… Trying to stay relevant by fishing for reactions Liverpool fans is just as pathetic as Fine Gael’s obsession with Sinn Féin,can nobody just do their ACTUAL JOBS?? PLEASE? https://t.co/2BibcHoMNy pic.twitter.com/AsUuXORSjm
— Ian Cusack (@Ian_Cusack8) February 21, 2023
doesnt really work when he scored a lovely goal on saturday does it https://t.co/K0rckLxN3F
— the spunched bob (@a_radioheadache) February 21, 2023
— Rebekka (@rebekkarnold) February 21, 2023
The second group just found the whole situation too cringey in general. It certainly did seem like an odd attempt from the TD to show that he was 'down with it'.
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) February 21, 2023
Bring back senior hurling https://t.co/2sQSVbJACf
— Dion Fanning (@dionfanning) February 21, 2023
How do you do, fellow football fans? https://t.co/ak593nOZsu pic.twitter.com/BlxelXISgz
— Dan Reilly (@DanReilly92) February 21, 2023
Whilst I agree with the message, I disassociate myself from the analogy! #YNWA https://t.co/B3p9JhlMCZ
— Duncan Smith TD (@DuncanSmithTD) February 21, 2023
This is what all Irish Premier League fans sound like, I'm afraid https://t.co/lRejwZKLOE
— Munster Derby Facts (@munsderbyfacts) February 21, 2023
— Terry (@Trrymc_) February 21, 2023
Darwin Nunez probably didn't need extra motivation from an Irish politician in order to keep improving in the months ahead, but this will be another one to hang on the dressing room wall if it's ever required.