Inform Nigerian player Victor Osimhen has carved a niche for himself to attract accolades from his club Lille and across the globe.
Before joining Lille, Osimhen played for Nigeria at the 2015 U-17 World Cup, with the 20-year old emerging top scorer with 10 goals, the highest ever by an individual in the competition.
According Lille’s Sports Director, Luis Campos, the 20-year-old had been on his radar since 2015, during the U-17 World Cup in Chile, but finally joined Lille for €12m in August.
In an interview with Sky Sports Lille’s Sports Director, Luis Campos, also stated that it took him four years to sign Victor Osimhen for the Ligue 1 club, after his performance at the U-17 World Cup thrilled him, but loosed the talented player to Wolfburg.
Campos, speaking further said, “If all is normal at the end of the season there will be a big move for him because he’s like a cat. He’s unbelievable. In the last 20 metres he attacks every ball. Every ball. Like a cat.”
“I went to see the U-17 World Championships. After one match, I wanted him (Osimhen). But his price was very expensive for a 17-year-old.
“I spoke to my CEO. I called him every night saying, ‘Please give me this player, he is amazing. In two years he will be one of the best in Europe,’” he told Sky Sports.
“In the end, the player went to Wolfsburg. I went to Wolfsburg just to see him play. Sometimes he only played for five minutes, sometimes only two. I was crazy for him!
“Then he had a virus and had five or six months not playing and went to Charleroi in Belgium. Two months later I signed him. So itʼs a nice story. I lost the player but then got him back.
Osimhen has been in great scoring form since joining Lille, scoring eight goals in 11 appearances this season.
His goal scoring form in Lille’s home turf has seen the club dub him the “Prince of Stade Pierre-Mauroy.”