With the news of Ighalo’s possible return to the National team, many would feel the young 21-year-old would lose or get relegated to the bench considering Ighalo’s exploits with Manchester United who just renewed his loan deal with an option to buy.
Speaking to Ojbsports, Osimhen claims that he will always welcome Ighalo to the team with joy.
“He is always welcome, he contributed a lot for the National team and even at the Afcon in 2019, whether I am playing or I’m on the bench, watching him from the side will also help me learn a lot from him. I have no problem with it at all”.
Osimhen played one game at the Afcon 2019, he was introduced at the beginning of the second half of the third place game against Tunisia for the injured Odion Ighalo.
Furthermore, Osimhen declared that Ighalo is an inspiration to him and to the football world in general.
“Ighalo is a very good forward and inspirational player, not just for Nigeria but also for the footballing world. I draw some inspiration from him”.
Osimhen who recently won Lille’s player of the year for the 2019/2020 season in his first season with the Flandres side, scored 18 goals and made 6 assists in 27 appearances.
He is currently been courted by several top clubs in Europe, with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, and Napoli of Italy been rumoured to be interested. The young Nigerian striker has however put all speculation surrounding his future on hold as he mourns his late father. Patrick Osimhen, the father of Victor Osimhen died on Saturday, May 23rd after a brief illness.
Odion Ighalo’s possible return to the Super Eagles rank, will no doubt heighten the competition for starting role in the attack, and would be a welcome development if eventually, it comes to reality.