The Nigeria international enjoyed a successful 2022 banging in goals and creating assists for his teammates to make Napoli the darling of many on the continent
Serie A leaders Napoli have nominated Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen for two awards – best club goal and assist – as the year 2022 draws to an end.
Osimhen is one of the five nominees for the best Napoli goal of 2022, alongside Giovanni Simeone, Piotr Zielinski, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, and Eljif Elmas.
The 23-year-old, one of Nigeria’s most prolific forwards over the past 12 months, netted 19 goals for Napoli this year across the UEFA Champions League and Italian Serie A.
But Osimhen’s stunning goal against Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma in October has been chosen as the pick of the lot.
With ten minutes left at the Stadio Olimpico, Osimhen received a looping ball from the middle, and outmuscled former Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, before firing a ferocious effort from a tight angle past Rui Patricio. It was the only goal of the fiercely-contested tie.
But fans will have to decide whether it is better than Kvara’s curler against Monza, Simeone’s header versus AC Milan, Zielinski’s stabbed finish at Empoli, and Elmas’s beauty against Udinese.
𝗡𝗔𝗣𝗢𝗟𝗜 𝗔𝗪𝗔𝗥𝗗𝗦 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 I 𝗕𝗘𝗦𝗧 𝗚𝗢𝗔𝗟— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) December 26, 2022
Which was our best goal of 2022?
😉 Kvara vs. Monza
Cholito vs. AC Milan
😮 Victor vs. Roma
😍 Zielu vs. Empoli
🤩 Eljif vs. Udinese
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Osimhen also features prominently in the category for Napoli’s best assist of 2022, alongside teammates Frank Anguissa, Mario Rui, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, and Eljif Elmas.
The former Lille lad showed incredible strength and awareness to lay on the assist for Napoli’s winning goal in the 2-1 win over Atalanta in November.
𝗡𝗔𝗣𝗢𝗟𝗜 𝗔𝗪𝗔𝗥𝗗𝗦 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 I 𝗕𝗘𝗦𝗧 𝗔𝗦𝗦𝗜𝗦𝗧— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) December 27, 2022
Which was our best assist of 2022?
😉 Frank vs. Lazio
😏 Mario vs. Torino
😮 Kvara vs. Bologna
😍 Eljif vs. Udinese
🤩 Victor vs. Atalanta
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Victor Osimhen and compatriot Ademola Lookman (for Atalanta) both scored in that encounter.
With nine league goals this season, Osimhen is currently the top scorer in the Italian Serie A.