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Osimhen: Analysing Napoli forward’s eventful Serie A debut

Gennaro Gattuso made a strange call to leave Nigeria striker on the bench at Parma but he came on to devastating effect

After the fanfare and rave reviews that followed Victor Osimhen’s big-money move to Napoli, there were a few raised eyebrows when Gennaro Gattuso left the marksman on the bench in Gli Azzurri’s Serie A opener at Parma.

Frankly, the AC Milan icon received most of the criticism from Nigerians, many of whom made sacrifices to catch the 11:30 am local time kick-off (10:30 GMT). In fairness, there was a logic in sticking to the tried and trusted personnel from last season, favouring team chemistry above all else against a side that had defeated Napoli twice in the last three meetings.

Indeed, the abiding memory of supporters from the game might be of the marksman changing the game after his introduction on the hour. Without question, the former Lille striker’s entrance saw the side from Naples score twice in the final 30 minutes to record a gameweek one success at Stadio Ennio Tardini.

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