Victor Osimhen’s(Osimhen Lion) first season with Napoli didn’t go as planned and the fans truly felt disappointed.
Ten goals in twenty games mean their biggest transfer didn’t live up to expectation amid an injury and Covid-19 plagued season.
Fast-forward to the new season Victor Osimhen has brought out the lion in him, scoring with good efficiency.
Osimhen has made 34 official appearances and has found the net 13 times and counting.
Meanwhile, the form of the Nigerian striker is getting the who-is-who in Italian football praising him to high heavens.
SportsIntel.ng takes us through the quotes and the fan love Osimhen Lion is getting.
The Little Master Zola thinks the league has found the heir to Lukaku, formerly of Inter Milan.
Speaking to ‘La Gazzetta Dello Sport’, the former Italian striker commented: “When he arrived in Italy two years ago I didn’t know him very well and I did some research. I discovered a great player. His physical strength makes him a devastating player. He is the heir to Lukaku. He is also young and has a huge room for improvement.
Osimhen Lion: Marcelo Lippi Remembers Aspirila
While Zola is comparing Osimhen Lion to Lukaku, a world-class coach, Marcelo Lippi thinks he has found a Colombian legend.
Furthermore, the 73-year-old insists Osimhen is the star of the show in Naples.
“Napoli is the team that convinces me the most, even more than the Milan.” Lippi told TuttoSport, as per AreaNapoli.
“They have two excellent goalkeepers (Ospina and Meret), Koulibaly, who is one of the strongest defenders in the world, the precious Anguissa in the middle of the field and in front of a striker like Osimhen who does a bit of everything.”
“The Nigerian striker is incredible: he presses, attacks the spaces, dominates in the aerial game, and scores in different ways.
“He is one of the best strikers to arrive in Serie A lately and on a physical level in something he reminds of Asprilla.”
Christian Vieri: Judge Not Osimhen
2003 Serie A top scorer, Christian Vieri believes Osimhen’s ability was never in doubt, instead, he only needed time to deliver on the huge potential.
“After six games they said ‘Osimhen is poor’, I wonder how you can say something like that,” Vieri said.
“Serie A is not like 20 years ago, but tactically it is still very difficult and a little patience was needed. Now Osimhen scores, plays for the team, attacks the depth, drops deeper and creates spaces.”
Osimhen Lion Wins The Debate For Best Young Striker
Chairman of the Italian Football Managers’ Association Renzo Ulivieri put a seal on the debate of who is the best young striker in the Serie A.
“Vlahovic or Osimhen? The ideal would be to let them both play, also because I am addicted to playing with the double striker,” Ulivieri told Marte Sport Live, as per TuttoNapoli.
“They are both of great value. At this moment, Osimhen may have a little more, but Vlahovic will also be fine.”
Finally we round up with words from Napoli coach, Luciano Spaletti who says Osimhen reminds him of an African Legend.
“He is similar to Weah, probably not as strong technically, but with the same quality. He also reminds me of Van Basten. Osimhen is young and he can reach those levels,” Spalletti was quoted by Football Italia.
With the Italian legends waxing lyrical about Victor Osimhen’s form, the musicians are taking a cue from them.
Italian singer, Alex Garini remakes the popular “dorime” song in praise of Victor Osihmen. Success is sweet