SSC Napoli of Italy striker, Victor Osimhen is reeling lyrical about the quality of teammates he has in the Italian Serie A club’s squad, even as a leading football pundit, Peppe Iannicelli says he has been impressed by the impact the Super Eagles’ rookie has made within a short time with the Naples-based side, megasportsarena.com reports.
Although Osimhen has not scored in his first two Serie A matches with Napoli, and even failed to hit target when the squad rained six goals past Genoa last weekend, Iannicelli insists the former VfL Wolfsburg of Germany, Sporting Charleroi of Belgium and Lille Metropole of France attacker has already displayed signs of better days ahead of him.
Iannicelli confessed that he is an admirer of Napoli’s costliest ever acquisition and cited what he believes has been an ‘immediate impact’ by the youngster in his first two Serie A matches, even as all that the lad could get last Sunday was a back-heeled assist on Piotr Zielinski’s 46th minute goal.
His assist in the rout of Genoa was his first goal contribution in a Napoli shirt, having fired blanks on his competitive debut, but the youngster has gained plaudits from Iannicelli, who told Canale 21: “Victor Osimhen had a positive impact immediately, even if he did not score. In Parma he was still very good. He gives a nice contribution regardless of goals.”
On the other hand, it is a different line of thought coming from Osimhen, as the product of Lagos-based Ultimate Strikers Football Academy opted instead to send a get well message to his injured teammate, Lorenzo Insigne, who copped a knock during Sunday’s game, and the Italian winger was forced off early at Stadio San Paolo.
While celebrating his teammates’ efforts in producing a second straight league victory that took La Parthenopeans top of the table, Osimhen chipped in a word for Insigne as well, as the ace bowed out after 23 minutes, following which the Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup gold medalist and highest goals scorer disclosed that he is wishing his injured pal a quick recovery.
The 21-year-old Osimhen, who got his first competitive start for Napoli in the game and twice came close to scoring before he grabbed an assist on Napoli’s second goal, added that he is looking up to better days ahead of him with the Stadio San Paolo outfit, which he joined in July from Lille for a mammoth fee of €80m.
Osimhen, who will now hope to open his Serie A goals account when Napoli take on Juventus in their next league game on October 4, took to social media to express his delight with his side’s victory and wished his pal a speedy recovery, as he posted: “Good win and a solid performance from the whole squad get well soon Insigne.”