Boniface likened to Lukaku by ex-Belgium coach

Boniface likened to Lukaku by ex-Belgium coach
Leverkusen's Victor Boniface celebrates after scoring the team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League Group H soccer match between Bayer Leverkusen and BK Hacken in Leverkusen, Germany, 21 September 2023. EPA/Christopher Neundorf

by Staff Reporter

Friday Sep 22, 2023. 14:45

Former Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots has likened Nigerian starlet Victor Boniface to Belgian superstar Romelu Lukaku.

Boniface 23, has been in scintillating form for Bayer Leverkusen this season – scoring six goals in six matches across all competotions for the German club.

While Lukaku is considered among the best centre forwards in world football and the bulky player is currently on loan at Italy’s AS Roma from English giants Chelsea FC.

Wilmots, who coached Lukaku during his time as Belgium’s coach, discussed Boniface’s strengths and potential.

“Victor Boniface is Victor Boniface. In terms of type, you can perhaps compare him somewhat with Romelu Lukaku,” Wilmots said on Kicker.

“But Lukaku has even more power. If he starts from midfield, you can’t hold him. And Romelu is more dangerous, a real goalscorer.

“Boniface still has to prove this class. But he is only 22 years old. He can still get a lot better.”

Boniface made his debut for Nigeria against Sao Tome and Principe earlier this month. He produced an instant assist as he set up Samuel Chukwueze.

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