Two goals gifted and a penalty conceded: it is fair to say that Nicolas Otamendi’s Benfica bow is up there with the very worst debuts in football.
The Argentine defender joined Benfica from Manchester City in a £13.7million deal with Ruben Dias going the other way in a £64m move, but the Portuguese side’s fans might be questioning the wisdom of that exchange already.
And the worst part about it is that Otamendi – who promised to ‘help Benfica grow’ when he completed his move – produced his horror display against Primeira Liga’s bottom side Farense, of all teams.
Nicolas Otamendi endured a debut to forget for Benfica despite his new side winning 3-2
Despite Benfica edging past their opponents 3-2, Otamendi infuriated supporters by giving away a penalty for a foul on Serbian striker Nikola Stojiljkovic.
The 32-year-old was shown a yellow card for his challenge, but much to his delight midfielder Ryan Gauld missed his opportunity to convert from the spot for Farense.
In addition, Otamendi was blamed for Jonatan Lucca’s equaliser after he lost an aerial battle to see the 26-year-old slot one past Odysseas Vlachodimos. He was also criticised for handing the visitors their…