It is no surprise that some Nigerian Football players are doing well at the moment, with many on the radar of Europe heavyweights football clubs. In the premier League, the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi are doing well in this early season with their respective clubs, while Ndidi Wilfred and Frank Onyeka have been solid rock in the midfield for Leicester City and Brentford. In Ligue1, Terem Moffi has been expectional for Lorient this season, while Paul Onuachu has been lethal for Genk of Belgium first division A. At the moment, there is probably no player from the most populous country in Africa this early season that is better than Napoli hitman, Victor Osimhen.
Aged 22-years-old, the Lagos born striker joined Lille from Vfl Wolfsburg in the summer of 2019 after brief spell with Charleroi.
He scored 13 goals in 27 domestic Appearances for Lille prior to his €70m move to SSC Napoli in the summer of 2020. After an unconvincing first season with Napoli under Gennaro Gattuso, the striker has now returned to lethal form this season. Since joining Napoli, he has scored 15 goals in 31 domestic appearances and already has five(5) Serie A goals after 9 games so far.
His goalscoring form for the Naples and his shear ability to deliver when it matters most, has seen the 22-year old striker linked with several other football clubs in Europe, with Bayern Munich reported to offer in excess of €100m for his service. However, while it is pleasing to hear that African players and to be precise, a Nigerian football player is regarded in such high standard, it is pertinent to say such offer is one that cannot be considered beneficial for the young striker.
Bayern Munich team at the moment, is the benchmark of how Football team should be set up and played. Chelsea may be the European champions, but Bayern Munich are the best team in Europe. They have dominated Bundesliga season after season, and doesn't look like relinquishing their dominance as they have one of the smartest recruiting profile in Europe. Their approach to poaching players from their league rivals makes them unbeaten in bundesliga, and are famed for bringing out the best from young talented players, something Victor Osimhen can profit from. But the truth is that, Bayern Munich cannot aid the Nigerian progress as Napoli is doing with him, as he will have to play second fiddle to Robert Lewandowski, who doesn't look like slowing down. Choupo-Moting has been a loyal servant to the Bavarians, and is likely to remain the under-study to the Polish Captain. But considering Choupo-Moting is 32-years-old and with no other stellar centre forward except Lewandowski, Bayern Munich is already planning for the future. Victor Osimhen may have been identified, but the great form of Robert Lewandowski means Victor Osimhen is better off with Napoli. With enough game time under his belt with Napoli, he can develop into one of the great forwards of our time and possibly earn a stellar move to Bayern Munich some day when the Bavarians can no longer depend on the ageing Poland Captain.
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