Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has dismissed comparisons between Victor Osimhen and Didier Drogba, insisting that the Napoli record signing is not on the same level as the Chelsea legend.
The statistics would back Rohr’s claim as Osimhen managed only one headed goal over the course of last season and that was against Chelsea in the Champions League, though he possesses the scoring ability of Drogba.
The Ivory Coast hero was known for his aerial prowess during his time with Chelsea with at least 34 headed goals and was also a deadly free-kick taker, another attribute missing from Osimhen’s game compared with Drogba’s.
In quotes carried by ilnapolionline citing Il Mattino, Rohr explained: “He is not yet like Drogba, he could become one by working hard to enhance his skills.
“I saw in the Champions League how Napoli plays, Victor will be able to take advantage of the spaces created by his new teammates.
“He is intelligent and prepared, he knows how to adapt to his companions and the game system. Deadly in spaces, he can play as first striker or with a partner.
“He has physique and speed, excellent left and right and above all great feeling with the goal.”
Osimhen scored back-to-back hat-tricks as Napoli defeated L’Aquila Calcio 1927 and Teramo in pre-season.