Spalletti: Osimhen reminds me of Van Basten

Sat 06 November 2021 | 12:47

The Napoli coach has praised the Nigerian star for his impressive form.

Napoli are leading the Serie A table with 31 points from their 11 matches. The Partenopei’s impressive form comes from a consistent balance between their offensive and defensive qualities.

While Luciano Spalletti’s side have one of the most solid backlines in Serie A, they are also the league’s second-best team in terms of scoring goals.

Victor Osimhen

, who joined Napoli from Lille last year, has developed into a key player for the Serie A heavyweights. The Nigerian striker has scored nine goals in his 12 matches for Napoli across all competitions this season.

Ahead of his side’s league match against Verona, Spalletti hailed the 22-year-old for his unique qualities upfront. 

“He is similar to Weah, probably not as strong technically, but with the same quality. He also reminds me of Van Basten. Osimhen is young and he can reach those levels.”

Spalletti said.

Asked about his side’s incredible run of form, the Italian manager responded:

“Everybody expects us to stay at this level, including us,

“We want to stay at the top, but we can’t guarantee this result. We need consistency and I believe the team has room for improvement.

“On Sunday, his majesty Koulibaly will be suspended, but I have great professionals who can make up for his absence.

“We want to feel well with ourselves and try to win every game. Every game we don’t win is a missed chance. We’ll try to win as many matches as possible. We’ll see if there are stronger teams.”

Osimhen has been called up to the Nigeria squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde.

After the international break, Napoli will continue their Serie A campaign with a crucial match against Inter on November 21.

source: SportMob

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