High hopes held by Chile 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup top scorer, Victor Osimhen for a deal at Zulte-Waragem of Belgium might have been scuttled, following his absence from the club’s latest match arranged for his trials.
While Osinhem missed the game that could have been another step forward in his efforts to convince the club’s crew that he deserves a transfer from VfL Wolfsburg of Germany, largely unsung Nigerian striker, Fred Friday scored in the same game.
The 19-year-old Osimhen is training with Waregem with a view to a summer transfer from Germany to Belgium in the ongoing window.
However, Waregem coach, Francky Dury did not run the rule over Osimhen, as the trialist was not named in the 20-man squad for the friendly against AZ.
On the other hand, Frday is poised to lead AZ Alkmaar’s attack in the 2018-2019 campaign going by his imperious display in pre-season games.
The former Lillestrøm of Norway lad hit the decider in his side’s 1-0 win over Waregem on Sunday afternoon, taking his tally in preparation games to six goals in seven matches.
Friday was loaned out to Sparta Rotterdam in the second half of last season and he didn’t do badly at the relegated Eredivisie club, with 4 goals (3 assists) in 18 appearances.
He, however, poured cold water on speculation that he is set for a departure from AZ, in the midst of speculation linking him with fellow-Dutch side, NAC Breda.
”I have been scoring because I have been working hard in training and games, my target for the new season is to score more goals,” Fred Friday disclosed.
A different scenario, though, is unfolding for Osimhen, as Waregem insist on him going in for thorough screening, because he is prone to injuries.
Osimhen has endured many months on the sidelines due to injuries and Waregem want to be sure he will be fully fit before they will agree to sign him on a season-long loan.
Wolfsburg are offering him on loan with an option for Waregem to buy on a permanent basis thereafter, but Osimhen’s trials will end on Thursday, ahead of which Dury said: “We will screen him extensively. That has to be done.”