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Stefan Schwoch likens Osimhen to Gazelle


Victor Osimhen

Former SC Napoli striker Italian Stefan Schwoch has described Victor Osimhen as a gazelle after the Super Eagles striker scored an impressive hat trick in eight minutes during a pre-season match on Friday.

While a section of the Italian press has already likened Osimhen as the new Edinson Cavani, others reportedly said he’s the new George Weah Or Didier Drogba.

But Schwoch who star for the Gli Azzurri between 1999 and 2000, said Osimhen is a mixture of both Colombian and Parma’s legend Faustino Asprilla and Ivorian striker Gervinho who is currently attached to Parma, adding the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup left everyone stunned with his fast running like ‘a gazelle’.

“He (Osimhen) reminds me of two players linked to Parma,” the 50-year-old told Italian tabloid Corriere dello Sport. “The first is Asprilla. What do they have in common? The same running ability.

“Obviously, being very young, Osimhen must improve on the technical level, in his movements, in the defense of the ball; but he has extraordinary characteristics, like the Colombian, to make Napoli fans fall in love.”

Schwoch, who is currently the sporting director of Vicenza continued:

“For the sprint in the open field, he reminded me about Gervinho. Of course, he has another role but Osimhen too can start from afar to take advantage of his speed.”

Schwoch who scored an impressive 28 goals in 57 appearances during his days with Napoli further said that Osimhen’s hat trick against the less fancied L’Aquilla at the Patini stadium in Castel di Sangro on Friday as a morale booster.

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