Simy Nwankwo backs Osimhen to improve in Napoli

Simy Nwankwo backs Osimhen to improve in Napoli

Crotone striker Simy Nwankwo says he is delighted to see Victor Osimhen move to the Italian Seria A to join Napoli, insisting the 21-year-old will improve as a player.


Osimhen completed a €70m transfer to the Sao Paulo outfit following his eye-catching display for French Ligue Un side OSC Lille.


The young striker spent only a season with the Les Dogues, but he distinguished himself as his 18 goals in 38 games saw him scooped the Club’s player of the season award.


Speaking on ESPN, Simy who scored 20 goals to help Crotone secure promotion to the Serie A, said Osimhen’s move to Napoli will further aid his development.


“I’m so happy that Victor is coming in. It is such a big team and an important and difficult league, if not the number one tactical and defensive league in the world,”

“You know, it is one thing watching from the outside, another thing is actually playing from the inside. But I’m glad Victor is coming into a team that plays football and it will be very, very important for him.”


“He will definitely grow. He will never be the same player again — that I can assure you. He will grow as a person, he will grow as a player, he will grow because Napoli is a really good team — and the league, too.”


Speaking further, Simy added he is looking forward to a healthy rivalry for goals with his compatriot in the Italian top-flight.


“We will score more goals, united we stand. He will do it for Napoli and I will do it for Crotone,” he continued.


“Personally, I don’t set goals. The only thing I set out for myself at the start of the season every year is just to do better than I did last time.”


“So that means that next year will be more difficult for me because now I have to do better than I did this year.”



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