He might have only recently joined Lille but Victor Osimhen has perfectly adjusted to life in Ligue 1 and scored a brace to hand his team the initiative.
With Victor Osimhen in their ranks, Lille OSC have a striker who has a knack of scoring goals. Christophe Galtier’s men made short work of AS Saint-Etienne in a 3-0 win and returned to winning ways last night.
Les Dogues had Osimhen to thank for as the youngster scored a brace while coming on as a sub.
Beaten by Amiens, Les Dogues had to make sure that they did not lose at home. Galtier went for his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation with Loic Remy leading the attack. Gabriel started alongside Benjamin Andre in the midfield following the absence of Soumare (suspended) and Renato Sanchez.
The Mastiffs had a great opportunity at the start of the game but weren’t really able to make their dominance count. And when Loic Remy was forced to leave injured in the 17th minute, it fell on Osimhen to deliver for his team.
The young Nigerian’s introduction added more bit to Lille’s overall play. Something was going to give and it did when Ikone and Bradaric combined down the left and Osimhen was at hand to apply the finishing touch.
By half-time, it was clear that both teams were really taking the initiative. Lille hadn’t shown any sort of urgency to add more to their lead against ASSE who didn’t have much offensive work to do.
However, all this was going to change.
Gabriel made a great recovery and his involvement eventually led to a penalty kick which Jonathan Bamba converted with minimal fuss.
That wasn’t it however.
Les Dogues had smelt blood and with Osimhen really making a right old nuisance of himself. The young striker found time to score his second goal of the game and make it four goals in three games.
Clearly, Osimhen is one for the future. The club is really missing Nicolas Pepe’s bite and creativity down the flanks. However, with the Nigerian in their squad, Lille have a great shot at repeating the same antics that made them one of the most exciting sides to watch in France.
As for Osimhen, one can expect the young striker to fade away every now and then. However, with senior players such as Loic Remy and Bamba to guide him, the young Nigerian is only going to get better as time goes on.
Osimhen has already shown that he is a very adaptable player. The way he was introduced to the recent win over Les Verts on such short notice might have affected his performance. However, the brace clearly suggests that the striker is willing to follow his coach’s orders whenever called upon.