Serie A 2023/24: Player of the Week – Matchday 1

Matchday 1 of the new Serie A season had plenty of excitement and some excellent individual performances, but Victor Osimhen picked up where he left off last season to be named our Player of the Week.

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Victor Osimhen kicked off the 2023/24 Serie A season with a brace for Napoli, as they defeated newly promoted Frosinone 3-1 at the Stadio Benito Stirpe. With it, Osimhen becomes our first Serie A Player of the Week of the season.

After clinching the capocannoniere crown last term with 26 goals and finishing the season as a Serie A champion, the Nigeria international and his teammates will be looking to prove to any doubters that their success was no one-off thing.

Osimhen once again Napoli’s match-winner

As the Partenopei charged to the 2022/23 scudetto, Osimhen’s goals were responsible for 14 points for Napoli, and with a double against the Canarini the ex-Lille frontman is heading for a similar level of influence again this year.

When the hosts took the lead on seven minutes through a Abdou Harroui penalty, a Matteo Politano volley brought Napoli level, and Osimhen fired in just before half-time to put them in front. Then, with the Nigerian’s confidence building, he smashed home a powerful drive 10 minutes from the end of normal time to put three points beyond doubt.

How long can Napoli resist offers for Osimhen?

Napoli’s Victor Osimhen sticks out his tongue in celebration. (@sscnapoli_br)

If the former Wolfsburg striker continues scoring at such an amazing rate, it won’t be long before the Saudi Pro League reignite their interest in Osimhen, after Al Hilal reportedly made a nine-figure offer before the Serie A season commenced.

The fear for Napoli fans is that owner Aurelio De Laurentiis will be unable to refuse an even bigger bid for Osimhen, if the 74-year-old could reinvest the profits in another rebuild of the Partenopei, but the impending closure of the transfer window should make an exit almost impossible.

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