Osimhen and Lille confident ahead of Ajax trip
Victor Osimhen says his fabulous start to life at LOSC Lille "proves work pays" after the Nigeria forward grabbed his fifth goal of the Ligue 1 Conforama season.
Osimhen joined Lille in the summer after a promising season with Belgian side Charleroi where he had moved to get playing time after struggling to establish himself at Bundesliga giants Wolfsburg.
His goal against Angers SCO in Friday's 2-1 league win was his fifth in as many top-flight appearances in France, becoming the first Lille player to achieve that in the opening five matches of a season since fellow Nigerian Peter Odemwingie in 2006-07. The 20-year-old believes there is a simple secret to his success.
"I've been working hard for the last three years, I've had setbacks in my career, in my life, but this proves work pays," he said.
"I've always had in mind to repay the club's confidence, and the coach's. Even before coming here, I had my mind set on that. I have come to a big league, a big team. The other players, like the established players such as Jose Fonte and Benjamin André, do all they can to make me feel good, to help me settle in. I'd be nothing without them."
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Osimhen scored his first goal for his country in Nigeria's 2-2 friendly draw with Ukraine during the international break, and now another challenge awaits: the UEFA Champions League.
Lille travel to Amsterdam to open their group-stage campaign on Tuesday, but — unsurprisingly for the confident Osimhem — the short trip to the Netherlands holds no fears.
"We feel good. We have some strong individuals, but above all we have a team," he said. "We're going to play a big club, they'll be difficult to play, but we have what it takes to win it. We're going there to win."