Monday Apr 13, 2020. 13:00
Former Nigeria international Yakubu Aiyegbeni says Victor Osimhen will someday become one of the world’s leading strikers.
Osimhen, who is on the books of French side Lille OSC, has caught the eye with his goalscoring exploits this season having netted 18 goals across all competitions.
The 21-year-old striker has been linked with biggest football clubs in the world including Real Madrid and Liverpool FC, and former Everton FC marksman Aiyegbeni has shared his thoughts on Osimhen.
“So many young footballers you see here and there don’t love money and not football, but when you see this boy, you will see that he loves football,” Aiyegbeni told Goal.
“That is why you see the desire and zeal in him every time, and if he keeps performing like this week in week out, training well and staying focused, he will be one of the top strikers in the world.
“He is an example to other young footballers who should watch the way he plays at the moment to check themselves. Osimhen is a young lad who fights, works so hard and scores goals every week.”
Nigeria’s all-time top goalscorer is Rashidi Yekini, who netted 37 goals for the Super Eagles, while Aiyegbeni is placed third on the list with 21 goals.
On the other hand, Osimhen has netted four goals from nine matches for Nigeria so far.
“Records are meant to be broken. He can if given the chance to play and I hope they can let him play in the Super Eagles for more years,” he added.
“After he has played for three to five years, Nigerians will say things like ‘he’s old, we’re looking for younger players’. I hope they will encourage this boy and give him a chance to show his potential in the national team.
“Sometimes he will play and not get the goals, hope they can still invite him because right now, he is one of the best strikers we have in the Nigerian team.”