Can red-hot Oshimen inspire Napoli to rare scudetto?

The Nigerian forward is leading Napoli's charge towards the Serie A title.

Victor Oshimen

Victor Osimhen came up with the goods once again to bail Napoli out of a sticky situation when they faced Torino last weekend. His solitary goal was enough to earn Napoli all three points on a night when it looked almost certain that they would have had to make do with one. Breaking down a stubborn Torino defense that has the second best defensive record in the league this season was always going to need something special and the 22-year-old delivered exactly that.

The 1-0 win helped Napoli tighten their grip on the summit of the Serie A table having won all 8 of the matches they have played this season. The Partenopei will be especially hopeful of a rare title charge after an usually abysmal start by usual suspects, Juventus.

Luciano Spalleti who has been leading the charge from the dugout has hailed the talismanic striker's efforts in maintaining the team's title challenge, even going as far as saying the Super Eagles striker can get even better. Spalleti said that:

Osimhen is a striker who has the ability to transform every ball that comes his way into chances,” Spalletti told the club’s website.

“He is a very generous player who runs a lot and now and then this intensity can cause him some mistakes, but he is an important player, complete and we aim a lot on him.”

Although the former Inter Milan manager is still being tight-lipped about a title charge as he reckons the Serie A season is still a long one.

Milan are very strong, Inter have worked well despite a couple of big sales. They brought important players in and they have a strong midfield.

"The road is still long and there are many tough opponents.”

“Our strength is our environment. We are overwhelmed with love that can become fuel for players."

It is not difficult to see that Osimhen gives Napoli a rare fighting chance this season, especially as he tends to perform in the big games as well. When compared to his sputtering performances in his debut season, there is a world of difference. His impressive stats of 9 goal contributions (8 goals and 1 assist) in 9 appearances for the league leaders is laden with promise, showing the talent that made Aurelio De Laurentiis pay up Lille's 70 million asking price for the rampant forward.

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