Edinson Cavani's former agent rejects the comparisons with Napoli's Victor Osimhen.
The exploits of Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen in Napoli are a well-publicised affair, leading the Partenopei to their first league title and winning the Capocannoniere.
This has unavoidably earned him comparisons to another potent gunman for the Naples-based side from yesteryear, Edinson Cavani, but the Uruguayan striker’s former agent, Claudio Anellucci, believes it unfounded.
08:07 - 25.11.2023
We cold be witnessing the start of a beautiful relationship between new Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri and Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen
Osimhen compared with Cavani
As Pulse Sports reported, Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen is now under the instructions of a fourth coach at Napoli. The Super Eagles star truly blossomed under Luciano Spalletti, and according to a former Napoli sporting director, Riccardo Bigon, the former Lille man could reach even greater heights under Mazzari, as he is similar to Cavani.
Bigon worked with Mazzarri during his first stint at Napoli, and during that period, the Naples-based side reestablished themselves as a force to be reckoned with in Serie A and regulars in European competitions.
Three players marked this era for Napoli—at least offensively—Edinson Cavani, Marek Hamsik and Ezekiel Lavezzi.
Bigon believes the current Napoli squad have qualities similar to those of that successful Partenopei side, stating that Osimhen has the characteristics of Cavani.
Anellucci disagrees with the comparison
“The Nigerian is certainly an important footballer; the championship season bears witness to this but the year of confirmation is always the following one: he always has many physical problems are a top club, and you can also see it from this.
“Maybe it's because the heart is involved, but for me, Cavani is still superior to the current number nine. There were few of how Mazzarri's Napoli worked."