Osimhen & Vardy, they chase everything in sight
- Celestine Babayaro believes Kelechi Iheanacho is more clinical than Victor Osimhen but says the latter is more deadly.
- Likens the new Napoli acquisition to Leicester City’s forward Jamie Vardy.
Former Super Eagles left-back Celestine Babayaro deems Iheanacho more clinical than Osimhen; however, he considers the former to be in the league of Jamie Vardy.
Iheanacho, after a stellar performance at the 2013 U-17 World where he won the Golden Ball award became a key part of the national team set up, but a dip in form saw him miss out on the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations – with the likes of Osimhen, Paul Onuachu, and Odion Ighalo getting the nod.
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Osimhen, on the other hand, since erstwhile Super Eagles No. 9 Ighalo retired from international football has secured the No. 9 position to himself.
With a remarkable last season, which earned him a big-money move to Napoli ahead of the 2020-21 season, and Iheanacho being backed to scoring form, Babayaro spoke on the luxury of having the duo in the Super Eagles – saying it could be possible to have the two play together.
The 27 capped international and a member of the team that won Nigeria an Olympic gold medal at Atlanta ’96 on his preference, as quoted by owngoal said, “I will go for Iheanacho when you talk about taking chances. He’s more clinical than Osimhen.
“The one thing I like about Osimhen is that he hardly gives the defenders the chance to rest. He is always pressing them to make mistakes and his hold up play has improved greatly.
“Osimhen’s style makes him more deadly.
He is like Jamie Vardy at Leicester City. They chase everything in sight. Ironically, Vardy plays with Iheanacho at Leicester City so that too can happen with Osimhen in the national team if the coach deems it fit to play a two-man attack.”
Iheanacho in 25 games for the Super Eagles has eight goals, while Osimhen in 9 games has 4 goals.
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