Ezequiel Garay and Gabriel had a 15 yard head-start on Victor Osimhen when a Lille midfielder played the ball over the top of the Valencia defence during the early stages of Tuesday’s Champions League clash at the Mestalla.
Not that it mattered. Lille’s irrepressible goal-machine turned on the afterburners and left the South American duo choking on his dust, taking a bouncing ball in his stride before coolly slotting the ball underneath an onrushing Jasper Cillessen.
That was the ninth goal that Osimhen has scored since joining Les Dogues from Chaleroi over the summer and, although Valencia bounced back to batter the Ligue 1 side 4-1 on the Castellon Coast, that brilliant individual effort remains the game’s most memorable moment.
Nicolas Pepe, Rafael Leao and Thiago Mendes all bid farewell to Lille over the summer and Osimhen, if he carries on like this, will be following in their footsteps sooner rather than later.
The Chronicle reports that a rather goal-shy Newcastle United have been keeping tabs on the 20-year-old Nigerian, whose explosive pace has led to rather inevitable comparisons with compatriot and former Magpies number nine Obafemi Martins.
A powerful, aggressive centre-forward who comes alive in the penalty area, former Chaleroi team-mate Nicolas Penneteau thinks Osimhen is less Martins and more Didier Drogba (La Voix du Nord). And, on last night’s evidence, links with a Chelsea legend are not a million miles wide of the mark.
Victor Osimhen is a goal machine with speed. This guy is the future of the Super Eagles.— Bashir Lawal Muhammad Sr (@Vashosr) November 6, 2019
That Victor Osimhen goal last night reminds me of obafemi martins at his peak,plenty of pace and power.just put the ball anywhere Victor will chase and hit,what a player.— Shina Ayor (@ShinaAyo15) November 6, 2019
Victor Osimhen has been one of the most underrated transfers of the season.— Kaustubh Pandey (@Kaus_Pandey17) November 6, 2019
Arrived at Lille from Charleloi for 13 million euros. Has already scored nine times and has two assists in 16 appearances in all competitions.
He's a great talent, the next big thing out of .— Yusuff Aderibigbe (@yusuffadlay) November 5, 2019
Osimhen scored again today. His stock keeps rising— Eferoghene Jarikre (@donstabini) November 5, 2019
I dont see Osimhen staying beyond this season at Lille, he is on fire.— Joe Joe (@Ibi1kanobi) November 5, 2019
Victor Osimhen this season for Lille in the French League and Champions League— SuperEagles Pundit (@SupereaglesP) November 6, 2019
⚽️ Goals (9)
️ Assists (2)
Still only 20 years of Age pic.twitter.com/UjT1ilq6Dk
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