Updated: Aug 3
Crotone gained promotion back to the elite division in Italy last season due in no small part to the fantastic form sustained by Super Eagles centre forward Simmy Nwankwo whose ruthlessness yielded 20 goals in 37 league matches. In not-too-far-away France, his compatriot Victor Osimhen's season had equally ended fruitfully with 13 goals in 27 league matches leading to interest and subsequent signing by Napoli.
Now that both players have been rewarded with Serie A football next season, the question now is: which among the 2 Super Eagles will soar the highest on the goals and assists chart? One edge that Simmy has over Osimhen is experience in Italian football. Since 2016 /17, he has scored no less than 44 goals in about 112 matches across Serie A and B. He knows how to navigate his way around defenders in Italy having honed skills necessary to make himself a much feared striker in the Italian scene. Osimhen on his part has proven over the past 2 seasons for club and country that he is amenable to change and quick to adapt to new surroundings. With the departure of Ighalo from the Super Eagles, young Osimhen was called upon and he rose to the occasion wonderfully with powerful performances and bountiful goals. In only one season in Belgium, he scored double-digits goals only to repeat the same feat in his first season in France last term. So, Osimhen is slowly establishing a reputation for himself as a striker who hits the goals ground running.
Whilst they are both tall, lanky centre forwards, Osimhen has the added advantage of being more mobile and versatile up front with movements that see him work the channels when needed, stay in the middle of the 18 yard box to wreck havoc or even sprint past slow defenders with his blistering pace when in receipt of through-balls on the ground or in the air. Defenders can ofter struggle with Crotone's Simmy's trickery and unpredictability with his nimble footwork, aerial prowess and precision positioning. Although Osimhen is much younger, it is hard to put this down as a significant advantage because the years 28 years old Simmy has clocked come with valuable experience which can make all the difference in certain scenarios. A fit Simmy is as effective a centre forward as any other younger striker.
After all said and done, a highly charged and supremely motivated Osimhen would be a delight to watch in Serie A next season. His deadliness in front of goal plus all round beautiful-to-the-eye centre forward play are expected to see him take the league by storm almost instantaneously. Simmy on his part will be aiming to continue where he left off in Serie B by decimating defences with his silky skills. Both clearly high quality centre forwards but Osimhen's performances would perhaps be expected to generate far greater excitement due to being seen as a young, vibrant, and exciting up and coming centre forward in the world game. Copyright © 2020 Afrofooty.com All rights reserved. The information contained on this platform may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of the author.