Osimen explains how Divock Origi, Mario Gomez shaped him to become elite striker

FOOTBALL Osimen explains how Divock Origi, Mario Gomez shaped him to become elite striker

Mark Kinyanjui 07:00 - 29.01.2024

Osimhen has explained how Origi and ex-Bayern striker Mario Gomez shaped him to become the striker he is now.

Victor Osimhen has expressed his gratitude to two Champions League winning strikers, Mario Gomez and Divock Origi for helping to shape him into the striker he is today.

Osimhen was teammates with both forwards during his time at Wolfsburg when he was still a budding youngster having signed for the Bundesliga outfit after dominating the 2015 u17 World Cup.

He did not have a good time at the club as he was not breaking into the team, but he was quick to look on the bright side of the situation.

The Nigerian striker was speaking to The Guardian when he opened up on the experience of playing there.

“There was a time I spoke to my former agent and told him that I was ready to go to a third or fourth division club in Germany, as all I wanted to do was to play,” Osimhen said.

“My whole life has been a struggle but I always come out on top,” he said.

Osimhen has revealed that he had to learn from both strikers in order to refine things about his game to get to the next level.

“Whatever bad things happened there, I take full responsibility for it. It was my decision to go to Wolfsburg, to try to improve, because I knew that I was still a work in progress after the World Cup in Chile.

“I had Mario Gómez there, Divock Origi too. I had to learn from these people.

The Super Eagles forward spoke in glowing terms about Gomez to Sport1, in an earlier interview  saying, “I look back on a special experience [at Wolfsburg] because I played with Mario Gomez. I was happy to watch him and copied a lot from him. 

“He guided me when he was there and gave me valuable tips. I am very happy that I had him by my side in Wolfsburg in my first year in Europe. He really helped me a lot. I am eternally grateful to him for that.” 

The forward has also opened up on his experience playing for Belgian outfit Charleroi, an experience he says changed his career forever after being rejected by two Belgian clubs.

“ I was rejected by two clubs in Belgium before I had the opportunity to sign for Charleroi on loan.

“It was my move to Belgium, to Charleroi [in 2018], that was the turning point in my life. I owe my success to the president of the club, and the people of Charleroi that put their love and trust in a 19-year-old boy trying to establish himself.”

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