By our Correspondent
Romelu Lukaku Inter Milan forward has identified Victor Osimhen as the ‘best striker’ following his great form for Serie A leaders Napoli.
Lukaku has lauded Osimhen’s goalscoring exploits recently.
The Inter striker is very much impressed by Nigeria forward’s form.
Strikingly, the two will meet in a Serie A clash on Wednesday.
But what happened? The Inter frontman has revealed what has impressed him most about Osimhen’s performances this season, is his huge form while identifying the Nigeria international as ‘the best striker’, presumably in the Italian top flight.
Right now, Osimhen is Serie A’s leading scorer with nine goals from nine matches, having netted eight times in as many games.
Osimhen’s goalscoring exploits have seen him lauded by a number of Serie A legends, among them ex-AS Roma captain Francesco Totti and former AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi. Now Lukaku, Serie top scorer in the 2020-21 season, is also singing his praises.
Exactly what did he say? ” (Luciano) Spalletti has done a great job, we have to say,” Lukaku was reported as telling Sky Sports.
This is as, “They (Napoli) have really strong players. I’ve been out and seen many of their games. Napoli are in a good moment. Osimhen scores many goals, [Piotr] Zielinski is well, Kvara [Khvicha Kvaratskhelia], on the left, [Hirving] Lozano or [Matteo] Politano on the right.
Lukaku maintained that, “Osimhen is really strong. Now he’s the best striker. We have to be honest. He’s strong and he’s doing really well for Napoli. They are first in the standings. We have respect, but not fear”.
The bigger picture:
Meanwhile, Osimhen has lit up the Italian top division since joining Napoli from Lille for €70 million in 2020, scoring 38 goals in 76 games.
Thus, the Nigeria international, who has 10 goals in 14 games in all competitions this season, has been lauded for being a complete striker who possesses great pace and a powerful shot while he is also renowned for his aerial prowess.
It is worthy to note that Lukaku led Inter to the 2020-21 Serie A title after emerging top scorer with 24 goals before leaving for Chelsea but having returned to Milan on loan, he was seen as one of Osimhen’s main rivals for the Golden Boot Award but he has only scored one goal in four games in a season hampered by injuries.
Again, the Belgium international’s praises follows similar sentiments from Totti who described Osimhen as the “the strongest striker in Serie A” while Inzaghi termed him “the best right now beyond Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud.”
And what’s next?
Osimhen and Lukaku come head-to-head on January 4 when Inter host Napoli in the Serie A.