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3 reasons prolific Nigerian striker should be Manchester United’s #1priority 

Manchester United’s search for extra firepower up front is set to take a new direction after Erling Haaland signed for Dortmund.

Lille’s Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between AS Monaco (ASM) and Lille OSC (LOSC) at the “Louis II” stadium in Monaco, on December 21, 2019. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP) (Photo by VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

One option could be Timo Werner, while another very smart potential signing could be Lille’s Victor Osimhen.

The Nigerian is one of the best young strikers in football, here is a look at three reasons why United should make him a top priority…

Clinical and getting better

Osimhen has been tipped for the top ever since finishing as top scorer at the under-17 World Cup.

Still only 21-years-old, he is thriving for Lille, scoring 13 goals for the French side already this season.

10 of these have come in Ligue 1, and that is just one fewer than Kylian Mbappe, and one more than Mauro Icardi.

He is among the top six goalscorers in Europe aged 25 or under in Europe’s top five leagues, narrowly trailing United’s Marcus Rashford.

At just 21, Osimhen has great potential to get even better. He is a great fit for this young United team.

Liverpool’s reported desire to sign him [Express] is further evidence of his talent considering their recent success in the transfer market.

Buying now would be buying cheap

Lille signed Osimhen in the summer from Belgian side Charleroi for a reported £10 million.

They could probably charge double or treble that now and turn a tidy profit.

But if United wait too long, Osimhen will have a heavy £50 million or £60 million value placed on him.

He already has 13 goals this season and if he surpasses 25 and continues to score at the same pace as Kylian Mbappe in the league, his reputation will soar.

SkySports also report Tottenham and Chelsea are eyeing the striker and more competition is expected if he remains on Lille’s books by next summer.

Buying now would still see United land Osimhen for a knock down fee, compared to what he could be worth in six months or a year’s time.

Fast start for next season

United’s player involvement at Euro 2020 could leave our top strikers tired out at the start of next season.

Marcus Rashford will be starring for England, and on current form, Anthony Martial will force his way into the France set up.

Mason Greenwood could even gatecrash the England squad if he builds on his tally of eight goals for the season so far.

While there will be years in which a summer African Nations tournament takes Osimhen away from United, 2020 is not one of them.

He has a summer off from an international tournament and United may need a fully rested frontman to take the pressure off Rashford and co early next season.

A fast start in 2020/21 is essential and looking ahead, Osimhen may be the ideal striker to provide it, especially if he signs in January and acclimatises to the Premier League.

 

Credit : Unitedinfocus

About Ayeni Wale

Olawale Ayeni, is a Media and Communication Arts, Masters in view fellow, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja respectively, has been in journalism right from his school days. He was a sports broadcaster with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He was Sports Editor, Daily Stream Newspaper before joining Leadership Newspaper as Sports Correspondent. A lover of grassroots sports development and golf. A strong support of Arsenal FC.

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