- Victor Osimhen seems to be struggling to replicate his Lille form at Italian club Napoli
- The Nigerian star who suffered a dislocated shoulder in November recently returned to action
- Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso has stated that the youngster will bounce back to his very best
Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso has leapt to the defence of Nigerian star Victor Osimhen who seems to be struggling at the Italian club lately.
The Super Eagles star was introduced in the 53th minute against Genoa in a Serie A clash but failed to inspire the club as they lost 2-1 on Saturday, February 6.
Recall that Osimhen suffered a dislocated shoulder while on international duty in November last year which consequently saw him out of action for close to three months.
Since recovering last month, the striker has not made much impact for the Partenopei, but Gattuso is however confident the young striker will be at his best soon.
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The club has now confirmed that the youngster is nearing full fitness and will be returning to his very best soon.
Gattuso told Sosfanta.com via Complete Sports after Saturday’s 2-1defeat to Genoa:
“Victor is doing everything to recover. He didn’t play for three months, it’s normal for him not to be at his best.
“We saw a bit of light in the Coppa Italia, today we gave him more time.
“We know the characteristics he has, he and Petagna are different players. But even with Petagna we have developed well today.
“Osimhen gives us more depth and more solutions”.
The 22-year-old has scored twice in eight league appearances for the Blues this season.
He was a standout performer during the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2015 after scoring record 10 goals to help the Golden Eaglets win their fifth title in Chile.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that an Arsenal fan was left very emotional after meeting Nigerian forward, Alex Iwobi for the first time.
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The boy couldn't control the tears rolling down from his eyes after meeting the Super Eagles winger in the national team dressing room.
After getting an autograph, the boy also posed for a picture with the forward with a teary face before parting ways with the player.
The young fan had been patiently waiting for about two weeks just to see the Nigerian attacker.