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Despite injury, Osimhen rated fourth best striker in Europe

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Victor Osimhen has been ranked the fourth most prolific striker in Europe’s top five leagues so far this season.

Despite being out for five weeks due to a hamstring injury, the Nigerian striker has scored seven goals in eight league games so far averaging a goal every 93 minutes in the Serie A.

The 23-year-old is behind the trio Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski and Kylian Mbappe.

The Norwegian striker, Haaland, who joined Premier League champions Manchester City in a deal worth £51.5m, is rated as the most prolific striker in Europe so far this term according to Corriere dello Sport.

Haaland has scored 17 goals in his first 11 EPL games and has averaged a goal every 55 minutes. Spain’s top scorer, Barcelona’s Lewandowski is rated as the second most prolific player in Europe having scored 13 goals in 12 games.

The Pole scores a goal in every 73 minutes played in the LaLiga.

In the fourth position is Osimhen’s compatriot, Terem Moffi who has notched up eight goals in 12 Ligue 1 games.

The Nigeria international averages a goal in every 108 minutes for Lorient who sit fourth in the French topflight log with 27 points from 13 games.

Highly rated French forward Christopher Nkunku is ranked sixth having notched nine goals in 12 Bundesliga games – averaging a goal in every 113 minutes.

Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic is seventh in the log.

The World Cup-bound Serbian striker has averaged a goal in every 114 minutes in the EPL so far this term. He has scored nine times in 12 league games in Premier League .

Tottenham’s Harry Kane is ranked eighth having scored 10 goals in 13 games averaging a goal every 116 minutes.

Meanwhile, former U-17 and U-20 coach Manu Garba, believes if the Napoli striker continues in his present form, he has the potential to become Nigeria’s best striker ever.

The Late Rashidi Yekini, who scored Nigeria’s first goal at the FIFA senior World Cup and is the country’s topscorer with 37 goals, is unarguably Nigeria’s best striker ever.

“Presently, they are incomparable and each of them is in a class of his own,” Garba noted.

“Osimhen was the U-17 World Cup top scorer and has age on his side and if he remains disciplined, resilient, focused and injury-free he will be one of the great strikers.

“What I can see is Osimhen is the best in the present generation of strikers and have the potential to break Yekini’s record but they are incomparable for now.”

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