As the Italian Serie A kicks back into action, Nigerian football sensation Victor Osimhen stole the spotlight by bagging a brilliant brace, once again reminding the world of his threat to opponents.
The prowess of Nigerian talents in European football is no longer a secret, as elite clubs increasingly turn their gaze to Africa to bolster their squads with exceptional players.
Last season, the intense race for the Serie A’s top scorer title saw a thrilling duel between Ademola Lookman and Osimhen. However, with the addition of new Nigerian talents to the league, the competition promises to become even more exhilarating.
As the new Italian league season unfolds, Soccernet.ng is here to guide you through seven remarkable Nigerian stars to keep a watchful eye on during the 2023-24 campaign.
1. Victor Osimhen (Napoli):
The Super Eagles talisman played an integral role in Napoli’s triumphant 2022-23 season, securing their first Serie A title in over three decades. Osimhen aims to continue his impressive form and guide Gli Azzuri to another successful season.
2. Isaac Success (Udinese Calcio):
After three years with Watford, Nigerian International Isaac Success joined Udinese Calcio in the 2021 Summer transfer window. With five goals in 57 appearances, Success is eager to make a greater impact in the current Serie A campaign.
3. Samuel Chukwueze (AC Milan):
The former Villarreal star has embarked on a new chapter in Italy by joining AC Milan, where he’ll face off against his friend Osimhen. Chukwueze aims to continue his impressive performances, building on his achievements from Spain.
4. Ademola Lookman (Atalanta BC):
Lookman, who joined Atalanta BC from RB Leipzig last summer, made his mark in the league until an unfortunate injury affected his form. He’s determined to reignite his goal-scoring journey and contribute significantly in the upcoming season.
5. Tyronne Ebuehi (Empoli):
Empoli’s right-back Tyronne Ebuehi proved his worth with two goals and four assists last season. The Dutch-Nigerian player aims to solidify his position in the team and further showcase his abilities this season.
6. Chukwubuikem Ikwuemesi (Salernitana):
After an impressive loan spell at Slovenian side NK Celje, Ikwuemesi joined Salernitana, eager to continue his goal-scoring prowess in the competitive Serie A arena.
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With the Italian Serie A offering a platform for Nigerian stars to shine, the excitement is palpable. As the season unfolds, keep a close watch on these exceptional players as they aim to make their mark on the league and contribute to their teams’ success.