Is Victor Osimhen the new ‘Yekini’ of Nigeria?

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The search for a top number 9 for Nigeria Super Eagles has been on for a while after the exit of the legendary striker, Rashidi Yekini.

Though, we have seen the likes of Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Victor Agali, Obafemi Martins and the rest, yet Nigeria has not gotten that top 9 player that guarantees goal in every game.

Well, on Monday, Victor Osimhen proved again that he is the man for the occasion.

When the dream team was at the brink of exit, Osimhen make the comeback possible with a hat-trick and an assist, as the U-23 side beat the Libyans 4-0 in Asaba, Delta state.

Recall at the U-17, Osimhen holds the record with the highest goal scorer with ten goals in seven appearances.

In December 2018, he had two goals and an assist to win the player of the month in the Belgium league.

With Odion Ighalo, Super Eagles current number 9 aging, do you think Victor Osimhen is that top 9, the clinical finisher, Nigeria has been waiting for?

  • 5 things to know about Victor Osimhen

1. Victor Osimhen is 20-years-old. Born in Lagos, Nigeria on December 29, 1998, Victor James Osimhen is still 20-years-old.

2. Previous clubs: Victor Osimhen started his youth career with Ultimate Strikers Academy in Nigeria before he moved to Europe. He did not play in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) moved he moved to Europe.

After in an impressive at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Osihmen who was the top scorer at the competition secured a move abroad to German Bundesliga giants VfL Wolfsburg. The move to Wolfsburg happened during the winter transfer window of 2017 after a successful trial with the club. He, however, struggled to live up to the high standards which were expected of him.

After squandering several opportunities to prove himself, Osimhen was loaned out by Wolfsburg to where he has turned into a goal machine.

3. Osimhen and Nigeria: Victor Osimhen was born in Nigeria and grew up in the academy systems before a breakthrough.

He represented Nigeria at the 2015 FIFA World Cup held in Chile playing a crucial role for the national under 17 team Golden Eaglets who emerged victorious.

Victor Osimhen was top scorer in the competition and had help from Villarreal.

Victor Osimhen and his teammates at U-17 level could however not replicate their achievements at the U-20 level as the team failed to qualify for the FIFA U-20 FIFA World Cup.

The youngster went on to make his first appearance for the senior national team in an international friendly against Togo.

He was given his second cap by Rohr as the Super Eagles crashed at home to the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the first game of the 2019 AFCON qualification rounds.

4. Style of play: Victor Oshimen is a central striker who thrives went occupying advancing positions in the opponents half or penalty box.

He has always stated that his hero is Didier Drogba and over the course of his career he has fashioned out a way to impose himself on opposing defenders.

Osimhen can play as a lone striker and can also fit in with a roaming forward who can take away the attention of defenders away from him when the ball is delivered into the box.

Still very young, Osimhen is showing signs at Charleroi that he is a poacher and has a natural instinct for finding the back of the net.

5. Awards: Victor Osimhen is young and is yet to win any individual or collective awards with his club sides.

On the international scene, he contributed a great deal at Nigeria won the 2015 U-17 World Cup and was awarded the golden boot for top scorer and silver ball as the second best player at the tournament.

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