Former Arsenal and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has backe African Footballer of the Year Victor Osimhen to excel in the Premier League.
“He has the right attitude, mentality, and determination to excel there (in England),” former Togo captain Adebayor told BBC Sport Africa, adding: “I’m praying for him to move to the Premier League and show what he’s capable of.”
According to Adebayor, despite the Nigeria international recently extending his contract with Italian Serie A giants Napoli until 2026, he still deserves to play in the Premier League and take up the mantle of the great African strikers from years gone by.
“The Premier League is the toughest and best (league) in the world,” said Adebayor, adding: “Osimhen has shown and done it already in Italy, I think it is the right time for him to move to England and replace his idol Drogba and do beautiful things. He has all it takes to make a name and write a great chapter in England like Drogba.”
On if he gets a chance to talk to Osimhen, Adebayor said: “I started talking to him one or two years (ago. Every time I talk to him, it’s about encouragement, and I tell him what to do and what not to do. I didn’t even know that he was listening.
“To come on a bigger stage like the Caf awards, the Ballon d’Or of Africa, and mention my name, and thank me for the encouragement… to be honest with you, I got emotional. And I’m a guy that doesn’t get emotional at all. But there I didn’t have a choice.”