OSIMHEN TO NAPOLI: WHERE WILL HE FIT IN?

Nigerian goal machine Victor Osimhen left Europe’s footballing elite licking their lips at the prospect of having him amongst their ranks, after a number of eye-catching performances in his first season for LOSC Lille in the French top flight. Those performances ensured that he bagged the coveted Marc Vivien Foe Award; an award for the best African player in the French Ligue 1. Despite the league season ending prematurely, Osimhen notched an impressive 18 goal contributions (13 goals, 5 assists) in 27 league appearances and was thus courted by some of Europe’s finest clubs.

There were numerous rumours swirling around about moves to Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool but the 21-year old has now sealed an African record transfer move to Italian side, SSC Napoli. One would admit that it has been a meteoric rise for a player once deemed not good enough at German Bundesliga club, Vfl Wolfsburg. His move to the Serie A is a club record fee for the Neapolitans, eclipsing the €39million paid for Gonzalo Higuain in 2013 and judging by the Argentine’s exploits since then, Osimhen would have some mighty big shoes to fill. On the face of it, a move to Napoli is very logical for his career; Rather than seeking to move to one of Europe’s top five clubs, where he might only receive minutes off the bench, a move to a club where the footballing project would be suitable for his development seems to appeal to him.

Osimhen has had discussions with his new head coach, Gennaro Gattuso, about his plans for the Nigerian forward and if their current forward line is anything to go by, they actually do need some fresh impetus up top. Osimhen, with his pace and directness can play anywhere across a front three and will most likely slot in the middle of Napoli’s front three with Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens or Jose Callejon either side of him. This would most definitely see veteran Fernando Llorente out of the club, as regular starter Arkadiusz Milik has been suffering from loss of form while last summer’s major arrival Hirving Lozano is still yet to find his feet in Serie A.

A move to Naples means he will likely be featuring in the Europa League, with his new club having qualified for next season’s tournament following their Coppa Italia triumph. That may seem a step down after his exploits in his maiden Champions League campaign, but a good season in Europe’s second-tier competition would do his already burgeoning reputation little harm.With Serie A gradually returning to prominence since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Osimhen’s stock is sure to keep rising, watch this space.What do you think fo the transfer ? Leave a comment or reaction below.

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