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Lille Coach Galtier Believes Young Osimhen Will Do More Great Things

Lille Coach Galtier Believes Young Osimhen Will Do More Great Things

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Lille manager Christophe Galtier believes Victor Osimhen still has so much to offer the team at his young age after the forward’s impressive start at the club, reports Completesports.com.

Osimhen, 20, linked up with Lille from Belgian outfit, Sporting Charleroi this summer and has been an instant hit at the club.

The Nigeria international has helped Les Dogues fans wipe off the memory of Ivorian forward, Nicolas Pepe who dumped the club in a big money move to Arsenal this summer by scoring six goals and recording two assists in his first seven appearances for the club.

“Victor was followed by Luis Campos (Chief Scout) for a long time, he has a large margin of progress, but he still has much to offer at his young age. Our performance level remains alert to the level of fatigue of each player . At the moment, everything is fine,” Galtier told a news conference on Friday.

Galtier speaks further in glowing terms of the former VFL Wolfburg of Germany striker following his positive contribution to Lille so far..

“Victor has the ability to turn average balls into goals, he creates a lot of chances and has very high stats, we’ll see how it’s going to be, There’s no big team season, if a player does not also make a big season,” Gaitier added.

Lille will travel to Nice for their next league game on Saturday, September 28.

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • Nice that has conceded the same noba of goals they have scored . Weak defence. So I expect oshimen to score 3 goals in the game.

    • ClementOke 2 years ago

      3 goals? In an away game?. Maybe you don’t know that Lille has never won any game away this season. Osimhen also hasn’t scored an away goal in the French league.

      Of course, I expect him to score but not up to an hat-trick.

  • Kweli 2 years ago

    This young man is the real deal. He can only get better. The raw talent is a given. I’m sure he will aim high by watching other greats at work, develop his skills and add his own stamp of identity to his game. The future looks really bright for this young man. I hope he puts at least one past the Brazilians in the upcoming friendly as he did in the U-17 World Cup.

  • Hmmn,very serious test against this Patrick Viera’s possesion-based strong team,famed for sound organization since Viera’s coming,such that they don’t let in many goals.This is good preparation for Brazil.

    By the way you know,how it is true that “righteousness exalts a nation”. Today we are reaping the dividends of a shift to what is right at the youth football cadre. We began to see truly young players,like L.Haruna,J. Obiora,Ramon Azeez,Esiti,Agu,K.Iheanacho,the Nwakali brothers,Azu,Chukwueze,Awoniyi,Osimhen,Etebo,Omeruo,and many others at our youth level. We started hearing that a good number of our U-17 players were academy players,unlike before when an U-17 player is a player at 3SC,Rangers,Julius Berger and they have played donkey years in the Nigerian league before being called up for d National U-17 team.Laughable.

    Something shifted and coaches like late Manu Garba,Obuh,Siasia,Amunike,etc went for the truly young.I’m not even certifying that these coaches were perfect with the ages or that the coaches were angels in their conduct,BUT WHAT WAS CLEAR was that we saw boys playing for U-17,20,23,who really looked it.
    These seeds sown within the last 10yrs,have begun to germinate. Today, what a large group of youthful players to choose from. It’s always an advantage if u have played age-grade football to fit into the senior team. That’s why countries maintain a football philosophy. U play in the Brazilian,English,German,Spanish age-grade team,it’s so easy to blend,when you move up to the seniors. See Cabellos of Spain.
    Nigeria too has it’s philosophy. It may not be written,but if you know,u know.That is why some of us screamed when Rohr was trying to change our philosophy. It’s also why some of us were not scared with Ighalo’s retirement because,it would force the hand of the coach into playing our philosophy,since the man waiting to feel his boot(Osimhen),knows this philosophy.
    Let’s keep up the good work.

  • Lord AMO 2 years ago

    Oge I concur.  Woven in our DNA is fast paced attacking football.  Any Nigerian Technical Director must understand this before taking the job.  His job is to instill some organization but not at the complete expense of who we truly are

    • Exactly sir. I like that,”Woven in our DNA..”. We may not have a name to call it,but it’s woven in there.It usually also comes with a creator in the middle…

  • @ Olu after today’s match,Nice still maintains the goals record you spoke of isn’t it? Let’s not disrespect teams because we love a brother.
    There is more to analyzing a team please.Now you can see this was a great test for Osimhen,good prep for Brazil.Our boy didn’t score today,he was subbed off late,that’s what a Vieira brings to a team.
    Still not a bad result for Lille,this match came at a good time for our boy and the upcoming friendly.