Victor Osimhen has opened up on his early career in Europe, particularly on his challenging time at Wolfsburg.
Osimhen joined Napoli from Lille in the club’s recording-breaking €70million deal that could potentially rise to €80million depending on the add-ons.
The 21-year-old striker enjoyed a stellar season in Ligue 1, clocking up 18 goals and six assists in 38 appearances before the coronavirus outbreak halted proceedings in France.
Osmihen’s blistering showings for Lille have recommended him to Gennaro Gattuso, who’s been so impressed with the Nigerian that he made him the most expensive Super Eagles’ player in history.
Speaking of his early career in Europe, the prolific striker has reflected on his time at Wolfsburg, admitting he had lacked club support.
“The weather, the language, the food [affected me]. It was my first time in Europe, I was just 18-years-old, and I didn’t have enough time to acclimatize. They didn’t believe in me very much,” he told Sport1.
Osmihen is not alone in his opinion, as the Wolfsburg chief Jorg Schmadtke backed such claims himself earlier.
“The most important lesson is that you have to be patient with some transfers. You can’t say: We’ll sign you up, provide board and lodging, and then it’ll work. The importance of patience is sometimes underestimated.”
After failing to open his scoring account in 12 appearances for ‘Die Wolfe,’ Osmihen switched over to Sporting Charleroi, trying to rejuvenate his career.
Indeed, 20 goals and four assists during a season-long spell with the Belgian side were enough to rocket the Lagos native to prominence.