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Nigerian superstar exceeds expectations in his debut

     The 21 year-old Striker Victor Osimhen made his long-awaited debut for the Partenopei. After arriving from Losc Lille for €40 million.

The Nigerian international came from the bench in the 61st minute to inspire a struggling Napoli team to victory. Osimhen dominated the opposition's defence showing great speed and strength and making key passes converted into goals by Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne in the 63rd and 77th Minute respectively. 

     After the game, Mertens had this to say during his interview, “We wanted to win and start well, I am happy for the goal. I must say that it is not easy to be brilliant playing at midday considering the weather and the heat."Despite this, however, in the second half, we gave our best."Osimhen's entry helped us, but I must say that in this group there are many players who can also be decisive when entering. "We are happy with the performance but also with the attitude on the pitch."

     Napoli's captain also had this to say about his teammate,"We grew with conviction in the second half, Osimhen's entry also helped us and we found the way to goal in a few minutes,” he said. "Victor is an attacker who has great speed, has complementary and different characteristics compared to me and Dries and can represent a different solution for the attack. In some places, he reminds me of Cavani, for his ability to attack the goal and physical strength.”

     Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso was full of praise for the youngster, he clearly had no doubt about the forward's potential, "In the second half we were better at aggression,” he said. “Osimhen’s entry was important, but I have no doubts about the boy. He is a quality striker and he is also a boy of great humility. He is loved by everyone and for me, this component is very important.”

Does Osimhen truly have what it takes to be the best in the world?

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