UCL: Henry challenges Osimhen after the Napoli striker’s goal against Barcelona

Thierry Henry wants Victor Osimhen's next move to be a destination transfer (Credit: Imago/Goal Sports Images/Sportimage)

UCL: Henry challenges Osimhen after the Napoli striker’s goal against Barcelona

Seye Omidiora 07:03 - 22.02.2024

The Arsenal legend wants the Super Eagles centre-forward’s next transfer to take him to a higher level.

Arsenal’s record goalscorer Thierry Henry has called on Victor Osimhen to make a destination move sooner rather than later after the Napoli striker netted an equaliser in the Partenopei's 1-1 Champions League draw with former side Barcelona. Robert Lewandowski netted first in the last-16 first-leg tie on the hour, but Osimhen held off Inigo Martinez before finishing coolly to peg back Xavi’s men 15 minutes later.

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Speaking as a pundit on CBS Sports Champions League programme, Henry advised the Super Eagles centre-forward on his next move.

Henry’s opinion on Osimhen’s potential transfer from Napoli

Responding to a question from Jamie Carragher, the Arsenal legend threw down the gauntlet to the Nigeria international.

“I think he needed that today,” said Henry. “At the AFCON, we saw he can lead the line, he runs into the channels, he can hold the ball, and he is clever to understand how to roll defenders, I do think that he needed that goal.

“How good can he be? He showed last year what he could do, he won African Player of the Year along the way winning what he won with Napoli, even though he did not win the final against Ivory Coast with Nigeria.

Victor Osimhen
Victor Osimhen celebrates after scoring against Barcelona in the Champions League (Credit: Imago/Insidefoto)

“I would like to see what he can do in the Prem (Premier League) or Paris-Saint Germain. I don’t know where he is going to go, but I want to see him doing it every year. He did what he did to win the title at Napoli after the big man Diego Armando Maradona and it is something that will stay forever in history.

“All the best to you in your career.”

What Osimhen’s goal means for Napoli

Osimhen had not scored for Napoli since December 16 against Cagliari, and Wednesday’s strike was the forward’s first in over a month, having gone six games without finding the back of the net at the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria.

The Super Eagles striker’s 13th goal for club and country this season means the Partenopei head into the March 12 return leg at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys level in the tie as opposed to aiming to turn around a deficit, while the outcome saw new boss Francesco Calzona avoid defeat in his first game of a four-month spell at the Maradona.

Looking forward for Osimhen and Napoli

Osimhen has not hidden his Premier League dream, and the Napoli man has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. However, with Kylian Mbappe set to leave PSG, rumours have circulated that the Parisians could opt for the Nigerian as the Frenchman’s replacement.

Napoli, under their third head coach of the season, are away at relegation-threatened Cagliari on Sunday before travelling to struggling Sassuolo on February 28. The Partenopei host Juventus and Torino at the start of March before the trip to take on Barcelona at the Montjuic.