Victor Osimhen: Former Man Utd Star Reveals Why Nigerian Striker Is Difficult to Defend Against

Victor Osimhen: Former Man Utd Star Reveals Why Nigerian Striker Is Difficult to Defend Against

Babajide Orevba
  • Victor Osimhen has led Napoli to the Scudetto for the first time in more than three decades
  • The Nigerian international, who has scored 23 league goals this season, was on the score sheet during both fixtures against Roma
  • Defender Chris Smalling has disclosed that it is difficult to defend against the Nigerian international

Former Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has disclosed that Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen is pretty difficult to defend against.

The AS Roma defender has had some embarrassing moments in Italy a few times and has made 30 league appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side this season.

But Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen has had an outstanding season, with Napoli scoring 28 goals in all competitions so far.

Victor Osimhen, Super Eagles, Napoli, Chris Smalling
Victor Osimhen has been a thorn in the flesh for defenders in the Serie A. Photo: Francesco Pecoraro
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The Super Eagles striker powered past Smalling earlier this season to fire home the lone goal that helped Napoli defeat Roma 1-0.

In January, Osimhen also scored a breathtaking goal in the reverse game, as Smalling was also in the fixture for that encounter.

In an interview with Star C Sport, the former Manchester United defender disclosed that defending against Osimhen is difficult because of his speed and strength.

He said via Napoli Magazine:

“Vlahovic and Osimhen are the toughest to defend against in Italy. Both have strength, technique, and speed. They can keep quiet for 89 minutes then they just need one chance to punish you. They will certainly have a great career.”

Osimhen is currently the highest goalscorer in the league. He will become the first African to win the Copacannoniere if he can maintain his place at the summit.

Osimhen sparks Bayern Munich rumours

Sports Brief earlier reported that Osimhen could be set to leave Napoli this summer after helping the club to their first Serie A title since the 1989/90 season.

The Nigerian joined Napoli in 2020 from the French club Lille. It took him time to settle in Italy, but his exploits this season have made him a fan favourite.

A picture of the U17 world champion in Berlin went viral on the internet, fuelling speculations he is set for a transfer to Bayern Munich.