Marcelino Núñez only needed a couple of games to put the fans and his Norwich City teammates in his pocket. The national midfielder, who left Catholic University for England for about four million dollars, is breaking it, although not only because of his game but also because of his sympathy.
This was revealed in the last hours by the goalkeeper of Los Canarios, the Dutchman Tim Krul. Do you remember Krul? The goalkeeper who, in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, entered the quarterfinals with one minute left in the duel between the Netherlands and Costa Rica, only for the penalty shootout. And he agreed with his manager, Louis Van Gaal, blocking two shots from twelve steps. He was the one who started a kind of fashion…
But back to Marcelino, the 34-year-old goalkeeper explained in a recent interview that “Nunez doesn’t speak a word of English…and (yet) I’ve had some very interesting conversations with him.”
Then, he gave an example of the good vibes that characterize him: “Today they made him a very strong entrance in training and he started laughing. The day he signed I saw him on the training pitches and I was very impressed by the way he was mowing the grass”.
Later, he returned to the problems that the ex-crusader has with the language. He said, for example, that Irish defender Andrew Omobamidele asked the Chilean to speak to him in English, but he couldn’t…
“The relationship between them is fun to watch because they are chatting, but they have no idea what the other is saying,” Krul laughed.
Finally, the goalkeeper stressed that, despite these difficulties, Núñez “is a good player, so it’s easier for him” and that “when you see a new player arrive and prosper, it lifts everyone’s spirits”.
Marcelino, Krul and company will see action again this Friday, when Norwich City take on Burnley. At the moment, they are in second place in the Championship with 16 units, one behind the absolute leader, Sheffield United.