Napoli’s Osimhen has all the hallmarks of a modern striker

ROME (AP) — Elevation. Speed. Skill. Willingness to help the defense. Victor Osimhen has all the ingredients…

ROME (AP) — Elevation. Speed. Skill. Willingness to help the defense.

Victor Osimhen has all the ingredients of a modern striker and the 21-year-old Nigerian international played a big part in Napoli’s excellent start to Serie A.

With five goals in their last three games, including late support for Napoli to secure a 2-2 draw at Leicester in the Europa League, Osimhen explains why Partenopei is a club-record 70m-euro ($82m) transfer. It shows that you have paid the fee. acquired the rights from Lille last year.

“She knows how to do anything,” said former Napoli striker Careca, who worked with Diego Maradona when the south club won the last of two Serie A titles in 1990, to Corriere della Sera. “He moves well, he can space his teammates and come from a great distance towards the goal. He never stays still and when he accelerates, he seeks air for defenders who are trying to follow him.”

Osimhen, who is 1.90 meters tall, showed his potential last season when he was amid a series of physical problems.

He broke his shoulder while on the Nigeria national team in November, tested positive for COVID-19 in January, and suffered a head injury in a game against Atalanta in February.

Still, Osimhen scored 10 goals in 24 games in Serie A last season.

Osimhen also got off to a bad start this season when he was ejected for furiously pushing a defender in Napoli’s first game against Venezia.

But he produced two goals at Sampdoria on Thursday and nearly twice scored in a 4-0 win.

Napoli’s new coach Luciano Spalletti said: “He works hard in everything he does. “Sampdoria attacked us from the start, but that left huge gaps behind their defense and in these cases Osimhen is devastating. When the game isn’t going well, you have to try to get something on an individual level, and that’s what we did.”

In April, Osimhen also showed his humanitarian side by calling on social media to put him in touch with a one-legged woman selling water on the streets of his hometown of Lagos.

“It saddens me to see you like this,” Osimhen said to the woman a day later. “I’m here to help you.”

On Sunday, Osimhen is expected to help Napoli by scoring more goals against the undefeated Cagliari team.

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