Ex-Italian Star Luca Toni Likens Super Eagles Star with Shevchenko

Ex-Italian Star Luca Toni Likens Super Eagles Star with Shevchenko

  • Victor Osimhen of Nigeria has been in blistering form for Italian Serie A league leaders Napoli so far this season
  • Former Italy striker Luca Toni has showered encomiums on the Super Eagles striker tipping him for 25 goals this season
  • Luca Toni likens Osimhen to Andriy Shevchenko as he said the Nigerian who joined Napoli last year has improved tremendously

Former Italian striker Luca Toni has likened Nigerian international Victor Osimen to Ukrainian great Andriy Shevchenko, saying the Nigerian youngster has improved, All Soccer reports.

Toni who scored over 300 career goals during his playing days stated that Osimhen is capable of scoring at least 25 Serie A goals this season.

The Nigerian star endured a stuttered start to life in Italy overcoming injuries and Covid-19 last year, but he still managed to score 10 goals in the Italian topflight during the last campaign.

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Victor Osimhen
Victor Osimhen celebrates a goal for Napoli. Photo: Francesco Pecoraro
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Toni has now stated that he believes Osimhen is capable of doubling that tally under new Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti who is more demanding.

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Toni told Corriere della Sera via Soccernet:

“Before he arrived in Italy, I didn’t know him well. I find him much improved from last year and I think it’s thanks to Spalletti, who is very demanding.
“In speed, then he’s devastating. He reminds me of Andriy Shevchenko for the way he varies in attack and for his great speed.
“Only he and (Tammy) Abraham can guarantee 25 goals in Serie A.”

Osimhen has so far netted four league goals for table toppers Napoli in the ongoing season.

Osimhen bags Serie A player of the month award

Meanwhile, Victor Osimhen has been named the Serie A Player for the Month of September following his brilliant performances.

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Despite being red-carded in Napoli's first game of the season against Venezia in August, Osimhen bounced back to produced eye-catching displays.

The Nigerian international scored seven goals in September with four of them coming in the Italian top-flight division.

And the 22-year-old was selected ahead of the likes of Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella, AC Milan's Brahim Diaz and Fiorentina's Giacomo Bonaventura to clinch his first individual award.

Iheanacho tells Troost-Ekong why he is different

Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigerian international Kelechi Iheanacho was spotted wearing a pair of trousers backwards and it looked so different on the Leicester City striker.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria bounced back from their 1-0 loss to Central African Republic in Lagos to defeat the same team 2-0 in Douala, Cameroon.

And as the Super Eagles stars took a walk within the team’s camp, Iheanacho was spotted in a different fashion as his wears looked different.

Team-mate William Troost-Ekong asked the Leicester man why his trousers were worn backwards and Kelechi replied: “I’m different.”

Source: Legit Newspaper

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