Nigerian tipped for big move from Lille in near future

Why is Victor Osimhen being tracked by Europe's top clubs?

2020/01/09 11:19
By Daniel Oliveira

The name Victor Osimhen may not be a household one just yet, but all the signs suggest the Lille striker is destined to become a 'galactico' in 2020.

After the departures of Nicolas Pepe and Rafael Leão to Arsenal and AC Milan respectively last summer, Lille were forced into the transfer market to find forward replacements.

The northern French side has done a fine line in recruitment over recent seasons, and their purchase of Osimhen from Wolfsburg looks set to prove one of their most inspired yet.

After starring on loan at Charleroi last season, the 21-year-old forward has already established himself as a key figure at Lille: scoring 14 goals in 26 games and turning in eye-catching performances on a regular basis.  

For some, his emergence won't come as a surprise, Osimhen tipped for big things since winning the FIFA U17 World Cup with a record-breaking ten goal haul for Nigeria in 2015.

His attributes

The Nigerian starlet is not all about physical prowess. He has shown an impressive grasp of the tactical side of the game, finding smart angles and pockets of space for teammates to find him.

This awareness is also evident in his distribution - Osimhen not purely focused on scoring goals, but also able to link up effectively with other offensive outlets, similar in some ways to Roberto Firmino at Liverpool.

This doesn't mean the youngster doesn't have prodigious physicality on his side too. Osimhen's speed is an obvious weapon and allows him to make effective runs in behind defenders, the forward capable of severely punishing teams who attempt to utilise a high defensive line.

Add in predatory finishing skills, as evidenced by his strike rate of more than a goal every two games and you have one of the hottest young talents in the game. 

Potential suitors

Premier League leaders Liverpool have been strongly linked with Osimhen, Jurgen Klopp reportedly a big fan. However, Real Madrid have reportedly also entered the running for the Nigerian, and also fancy two of his Lille team-mates Gabriel dos Santos and Boubakary Soumané. 

Unsurprisingly all of this transfer chatter has pricked up the ears of Real's rivals, Barcelona, who are now also showing a strong interest in acquiring Osimhen's services. 

Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona...he must be a bit special! 


Victor Osimhen
NameVictor James Osimhen
Born1998-12-29(21 -yrs-old)
PositionForward (Striker)


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