In Italy, a dispute is raging about who is the more brilliant footballer: Napoli’s record-buy or Fiorentina’s golden boy.
Renzo Ulivieri, chairman of the Italian Football Managers’ Association, has weighed in on the ongoing dispute between Napoli forward Victor Osimhen and Fiorentina attacker Duan Vlahovi over who is the superior player.
Vlahovi, a Serbian forward, joined Fiorentina as a highly-rated youth in 2018, but he struggled in his first two seasons, scoring six Serie A goals in 40 games.
Last season, though, the 21-year-old shone brightly, scoring 21 goals in 37 league matches, and it was no surprise to see him win the Serie A Best Young Player award at the end of the campaign.
While Vlahovi was scoring goals in the Italian first division, Osimhen suffered with injuries and coronavirus after a record-breaking move to Napoli.
Although the Nigerian forward scored 10 goals for the Neapolitans, he never came close to challenging Vlahovi for the title of most talented youngster.
The two young strikers have had a fantastic start to the 2021-22 season.
Vlahovi has broken through his opponents’ defenses four times in six games, the same number of goals as Osimhen but in one fewer game. Many in Italy are drawing parallels between the two bright prospects.
Furthermore, the Super Eagles player’s tireless running, ability to take on defenders, and eagerness to help his team have earned him the admiration of former Italian star and manager Claudio Onofri as well as the president of the country’s football managers association, Ulivieri.
Ulivieri expresses his admiration for the two attackers and feels that they are among the best young players in Serie A.
However, the former Fiorentina youth team coach admits that Osimhen now possesses more firepower than the Serbian scorer.
“Vlahovic or Osimhen? The ideal would be to let them both play, also because I am addicted to playing with the double striker,” Ulivieri told Marte Sport Live, as per TuttoNapoli.
“They are both of great value. At this moment, Osimhen may have a little more, but Vlahovic will also be fine.”
Osimhen has been tipped to get to the heights of PSG’s Kylian Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland with him also one of the most in-demand African youths in the world.