Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso has dished out rare praise on Sunday when describing new signing Victor Osimhen as a “young lad with the head of a 40-year-old”.
Osimhen, 21, was brought on for his debut after an hour of Sunday’s Serie A match at Parma and made an instant impact in their 2-0 win.
“I was struck by Osimhen’s serious attitude,” said Gattuso. “He hasn’t forgotten where he came from and the sacrifices he made.
“He built himself up on his own and I congratulate him for his will and desire. He is a young lad with the head of a 40-year-old, I hope he doesn’t make mistakes and doesn’t change his attitude.”
Osimhen grew up in a tough district of Lagos, lost his mother at a young age and, along with his brother and sister, struggled in Lagos to help his family make ends meet.
Gattuso said he wanted to get Napoli back into the top four again after last year’s turbulent season where they finished seventh after a late recovery and won the Coppa Italia.