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Victor Osimhen: Man Utd eyeing move for Napoli striker or Harry Kane

Man Utd reportedly eyeing move for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen or Harry Kane; Osimhen scored league-topping 16 goals in Serie A this season; behind only Erling Haaland and Giovanni Reyna for goals per 90 in Europe's top leagues; 24-year-old's clinical poaching and playing style analysed


Manchester United are reportedly eyeing a summer move for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen - but why is the Nigeria international in demand?

Victor Osimhen

  • Club: Napoli
  • Position: Striker
  • Age: 24
  • Favoured foot: Right
  • Former clubs: Wolfsburg, Charleroi and Lille
  • Nationality: Nigeria
  • International caps: 22
  • International goals: 15

Osimhen has scored a league-topping 16 goals in Serie A this season, four clear of Lautaro Martínez and Ademola Lookman.

The 24-year-old's clinical form has helped propel Napoli to the league summit and forge a staggering 13-point lead over current runners-up Inter Milan - with the club on course to lift their first Scudetto in 33 years.

The Nigeria international is an out-and-out poacher in the opposition box, with activity similar to Erling Haaland.

Clinical league form this season

Haaland Osimhen
Goals 25 16
Shots on target 40 28
On-target conversion 62.5% 57.1%

Unlike the Norwegian, Osimhen tops his respective division for headed goals and touches in the opposition box, while his strike ratio of 16 goals from just 28 shots on target underlines his clinical ability.

Victor Osimhen

Only Borussia Dortmund forward Giovanni Reyna divides Haaland and Osimhen for goals per 90 minutes across Europe's top five leagues this season - but the USA international barely enters the rankings with only 400 minutes played.

Victor Osimhen

The shot map below underlines the Nigerian's poaching style, with the majority of his shots coming from central areas inside the box or down the right-of-centre area - with only five attempts fired from outside the box.

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Osimhen has notched 18 chances for team-mates this term, which hints at how he typically strikes on sight - with the majority of his defence-splitting passes threaded on rare occasions when a team-mate is higher upfield.

Victor Osimhen
Victor Osimhen

The shot-placement graphic above reveals how the striker scores two out of every three shots on target aimed down the centre or right-hand thirds of the goal, and is only slightly less efficient when firing at the left-hand corner.

When it comes to goals, expected goals and touches in the opposition box combined, Osimhen is out on his own when compared against every player in the division - with ratios soaring clear of his closest rivals: Dusan Vlahovic and Ademola Lookman.

The graphic below shows how Osimhen is stationed exclusively as a central striker for Napoli and remains the lead, focal point for his side - but he has also tracked back for defensive duties during deeper passages of play.

Victor Osimhen

The fact all his passes in Serie A this season can be mapped and displayed coherently below underlines how the striker has limited influence with his distribution - but is most active midway inside the opposition half during progressive phases.

Victor Osimhen

Manchester United are reportedly weighing up a summer bid for the in-form Napoli marksman or Harry Kane. Summarised, Kane offers a broader range of attributes: Goals, creativity, passing range and defensive graft, while Osimhen - five years Kane's junior - operates primarily in central areas along the frontline with clinical precision.

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