The Nigerian international bagged his first hat-trick at club level in the Neapolitans’ demolition of Sassuolo
Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti has revealed his admiration for Victor Osimhen’s first goal in the 4-0 thrashing of Sassuolo at the Diego Maradona Stadium on Saturday.
For the first time since turning a professional, Osimhen netted his first club hat-trick in a man-of-the-match performance.
Osimhen’s first of the afternoon, though, was jaw-dropping.
The Super Eagles striker showed good athleticism to bring a high cross under control with his first touch before reacting quickly to poke the ball into the net with his second touch.
The goal not only pleased Spalletti but it also showed the Italian manager that Osimhen possesses qualities alien to a regular striker.
“It seems to me that he is making progress, he has a lot of margins because his possibilities and his flashes are not accessible to a normal player,” Spalletti told the media after the match.
“On the goal, he hooked a ball in the area and put the ball into the goal before the opponent intervened. He was fast and accurate. Then today he didn’t take off his shirt, because he would have wanted to take it off.”
Despite spending a month on the sidelines due to injury, Osimhen now sits at the top of the Serie A goalscorer’s chart with seven league goals.
Since his return from injury, the 23-year-old has scored in five consecutive games against Ajax, Bologna, Roma, and Sassuolo.