Nigerian professional footballer, Victor Osimhen, born 29 December 1998, plays as a forward for French Ligue 1 club Lille and the Nigeria national team. The latest Lille addition has been in the news over the weekend after he made his debut appearance in his new club, and scored the 2goals of the match scoring after just 19 minutes on the field. For this, he is our MCM for the week.
Born Victor James Osimhen, the footballer, who has been described as the real goal scorer by Lille Coach started his career at the Ultimate Strikers Academy, based in Lagos, Nigeria, and in January 2016, after being noticed for his performances at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Osimhen committed to a pre-contract with VfL Wolfsburg, stipulating that he would officially join the club in January 2017.
He officially signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the club, lasting until June 2020. Out with an injury upon his arrival, on 13 May, Osimhen made his Bundesliga debut for Wolfsburg, coming on as a substitute in the 59th minute in a 1–1 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach. He also came on the following week in a pivotal relegation tie against Hamburger SV, on what was the final matchday of the 2016–17 season. He replaced defender Sebastian Jung with the score tied 1–1, and Hamburg scored a late winner to pass Wolfsburg in the table, sending Wolfsburg to a relegation playoff with Eintracht Braunschweig.
Osimhen earned his full Bundesliga debut on 28 January 2018 against Hannover, playing the full 90 minutes in their 1–0 win and he made two more starts the rest of the campaign, playing the full match against Werder Bremen on 11 February and being replaced at the half by Daniel Didavi against Hertha Berlin on 31 March. The great achievements for the season was cut short as Osimhen underwent shoulder surgery on the 2nd of May, ending his season with 12 appearances in the Bundesliga to his name.
Victor Osimhen had summer trials with Belgian clubs Zulte Waregem and Club Brugge, who were the reigning champions but a summer bout coupled with malaria affected his physical condition, and none of the clubs took him on loan. He then joined Belgian club Charleroi on a season-long loan deal, having failed to score in any of his 16 appearances with Wolfsburg. He replaced the departed Kaveh Rezaei, who was sold to Club Brugge after scoring 3 goals in the first three games of the season.
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The 20-year-old made his debut on 1 September against Excel Mouscron, entering as a late substitute for Jérémy Perbet. Osimhen made his full debut on 22 September, scoring his first goal as a professional with a backheel against Waasland-Beveren. Waasland-Beveren would equalise against 10-man Charleroi, and Perbet would later get sent off in the game as well, aiding manager Felice Mazzu’s selection up top. Osimhen would start with Adama Niane for the next four games, scoring the club’s only goal in losses to Cercle Brugge and Gent.
He also scored twice in the last five minutes 3–2 win over Zulte Waregem on 21 October, after Hamdi Harbaoui had given Waregem a 2–1 lead with a second-half brace. Osimhen was not dropped from the side until 25 November, when he scored a goal off the bench in the club’s 4–2 win over Lokeren. After the game, Osimhen told BBC Sport that he had “found his happiness again”. Osimhen finished the first half with 8 goals in 16 games, second only to Cristian Benavente in the team. After a successful spell with the Belgian side, playing 36 games and scoring 20 goals, Charleroi activated their option to acquire Osimhen following his satisfactory performances while on loan.
On 11 August 2019, Osimhen made his French League debut for Lille, scoring a brace against Nantes. The Nigeria international quickly filled the void left by the new Arsenal player, Pepe, scoring twice in a 2-1 triumph over Nantes. Osimhen joined the Great Danes on a long-term deal to replace Nicolas Pepe who joined Arsenal for £72 million and slotted into the starting XI for Sunday’s clash at Stade Pierre Mauroy.