The absence of SSC Napoli of Italy striker, Victor Osimhen in Sunday’s Italian Serie A match against AC Milan has been fingered as the major reason why his side lost 3-1 at home against La Rossoneri, megasportsarena.com reports.
With Osimhen ruled out for at least two weeks after pulling a shoulder injury during action for the Super Eagles, Napoli were bound to have a vacuum upfront, and Italian ex-international, Paolo Di Canio has now posited that the Naples-based side sorely missed him on Sunday.
In Osimhen’s absence, Napoli crumbled 3-1 at the feet of Zlatan Ibrahimovic et al, such that Di Canio, who made top marks with West Ham United of England during his heyday, stressed that Genaro Gattuso could not get a new tactic in place because all his plans for the season are built round the Nigerian youngster.
The Italian icon went on to declare during his analysis as a pundit at Sky Sport Italia that Napoli struggled in attack and other formations because of the absence of Osimhen, who currently has two goals and an assist in six Serie A appearances for Napoli.
Milan triumphed with a brace from Ibrahimovic and Hauge’s injury time effort, while Dries Mertens pulled one back for the hosts in the 63rd minute, but Di Canio opined that Napoli’s lone goal getter on the night and Lorenzo Insigne were both ineffective with Osimhen’s towering frame and decoy runs intimidating the opposing defence.
Di Canio said on Sky Sport Italia: “The absence of Victor Osimhen was felt. Without Osimhen, Napoli makes embroidery with the little ones, Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens, who have done these little concrete things with Milan.
“The former Lille can make this team make the leap in quality. The Nigerian can attack and pull the neck of the opponents. Osimhen, who has the desire to light the sacred fire: the one I don’t see when he’s not playing.
“It’s difficult to change the character and attitudes of the players. They can’t all become new Gennaro Gattuso, but something needs to be changed.”