Ex Wolfsburg chief regrets selling Victor Osimhen

Ex Wolfsburg chief regrets selling Victor Osimhen

Former Wolfsburg sporting director, Jorg Schmadtke has admitted that he wasn’t patient with Victor Osimhen during his time at the club.

Schmadtke sanctioned Osimhen’s departure from club few months after the striker signed from Nigerian academy.

Although Osimhen struggled for fitness and form at the time, failing to impress in 16 games for the former Bundelisga Champions.

Osimhen however experienced a turnaround after he joined Sporting Charleroi in Belgium on loan with option to buy.

Osimhen struck 20 times for Charleroi in all competitions during the 2018/19 campaign, paving way for him to sign for Ligue 1 club, Lille in the next window.

At Lille, he delivered, and won the Marc Vivien Foe award for the best African player in the division that year.

He later move to Napoli in an African record of €65m in 2020, and he has developed to one of the best forwards in Europe.

Schmadtke, who is on the verge of being appointed Liverpool sporting director, said he should have been patient with Osimhen.

Speaking to Kicker, he said: “It wasn’t a good move, in hindsight. When I came, he [Osimhen] was limping and running in circles.

“I was told that the strikers we had weren’t good enough. The most important lesson is that you have to be patient with some transfers.” He said.

Osimhen has 26 goals, for Napoli across all competitions this season.

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