Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr believes Victor osimhen can become the new Didier Drogba if he continues with his geometrical progression at Italian Serie A side, Napoli.
Rohr, the former Bordeaux of France defender who played against Diego Maradona in the UEFA Cup 1988-89 told Italian Sports magazine, Ilnapolionline, that Osimhen will deliver for Napoli when the new season starts next weekend.
”Osimhen is a great player and he is very important for us [the Super Eagles] and he will be even more so thanks to the experience he will be able to have in a top club like Napoli,” Rohr told Ilnapolionline, insisting that the former FIFA U-17 World Cup top scorer has a lot of qualities which he will start unleashing when the season gets underway.
When asked if Osimhen is the new Didier Drogba – the Chelsea player who ruled the English Premier League with his goals and dominant displays from the mid-2000s, the Nigeria coach says not yet, but that the Napoli new signing has the potential.
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“He is not yet like Drogba, he could become one by working hard to enhance his skills. I saw in the Champions League how Napoli plays, Victor will be able to take advantage of the spaces created by his new teammates. He is intelligent and prepared, he knows how to adapt to his companions and the game system. Deadly in spaces, he can play as first striker or with a partner. He has physique and speed, excellent left and right and above all great feeling with the goal,” said Rohr.
The Super Eagles coach also revealed Osimhen contacted him before signing for Napoli.
”When the negotiations with Napoli started, Victor asked me what to do and I suggested that he talk to the coach: I think that with Gattuso there is already a good understanding. We are happy with this Italian experience of Osimhen, but I remember that there is a good representation of Nigerians in Serie A: Troost Ekong, Ola Aina and Simy,” said a delighted Rohr who allays fears the Nigerian could be subjected to racist attacks.
”I don’t think this will be a problem for him. He already had experiences in Germany, Belgium and France, where there have been difficult situations. He is very strong mentally .”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.