Osimhen set to surpass Martins Serie A record
Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, will surpass Obafemi Martins’ 11-goal Serie A record in a season should score in Sunday’s (today) encounter against Fiorentina at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
The 23-year-old striker who is the first Nigerian player to achieve double figures in two consecutive Serie A seasons following in the footsteps of George Weah, Samuel Eto’o and Mohamed Salah has scored 11 Serie A goals so far this season for the Partenopei who are in the race for the Scudetto.
Osimhen has already done better than his debut Italian season when he finished with 10 Serie A goals in 24 appearances. In all competition, Osimhen has found the net 25 times in 55 appearances for Napoli, along with seven assists.
He was named Serie A player of the month for March after scoring four goals in three games and will receive his award during Sunday’s pre-match formalities.
Meanwhile, Former Napoli striker Massimo Agostini believes Osimhen would soon significantly increase his goal tally when he becomes the designated penalty-taker for the club.
Napoli’s designated penalty-taker are Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens but with their imminent summer exit, Osimhen’s goal for the club will increase.
“He is embarking on a very important path and growth at great levels this year with the coach has given him the right motivation.”
“Osimhen’s goals are incredible, he doesn’t even take penalties. It is enough to see the goals he is scoring: eleven without taking penalties,” the ex-Napoli striker said.
“He is a decisive man and I believe that with the farewells of Insigne and Mertens, in the next few years he will be the penalty taker.”