Osimhen News: Napoli star has the most accelerations

Osimhen News: Napoli star has the most accelerations
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The latest Osimhen news is positive and relates to the player's ability on the pitch rather than his worth.

Victor Osimhen is not far from the news, and while many see his performance at AFCON 2023 as far from his usual standard, the Napoli star resumed regular service on his return to Naples.

The striker has been in the goals for Napoli since his return from Ivory Coast, where he scored only one goal.

The latest Osimhen news concerns a portion of his game that he has been consistent in. The Super Eagles forward is rated as the striker with the most accelerations per 90 minutes.

Osimhen news: Top accelerator

Osimhen news: striker topped by only one player
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Known for banging in goals, the accelerating ability of Super Eagles forward Osimhen likely gives him an advantage in beating strikers.

The striker who has hit double figures this season has found himself at the top of the charts for accelerations per 90 minutes by the CIES Football Observatory.

In their 454th Weekly Post, they presented 20 outfield players in six positions playing in 28 leagues globally.

Their number of accelerations per match deviates positively from the expected value concerning their position and the style of play by their teams.

The latest Osimhen news puts the Nigerian striker at the top of the ranking for centre forwards globally.

He averages 1.91 more accelerations than expected to sit atop the chart.

In the 20-man chart, Osimhen sits above Ghanaian Emmanuel Boateng (Rio Ave), Vakoun Bayo (Watford) and Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid).

Accelerations refer to runs of at least 0.7 seconds at more than 10.8 km/h/s.

Only footballers who played at least 1,000 domestic league minutes in the current or last completed season, of which more than three-quarters are in the same position, are included in the rankings.

The table consists of players from 28 leagues in the 2023/24 season until 27/02/2024.

Osimhen is topped by only one player

Osimhen news: Jeremie Frimpong beats Osimhen
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While Osimhen ranks ahead of some of the world's speedsters like Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland, Vinicius Junior and Gabriel Jesus, this bit of Osimhen news sees him second to only one player overall.

Bayer Leverkusen full-back Jeremie Frimpong has the most accelerations across all categories.

While Osimhen averages 1.93 more expected accelerations per match and tops the strikers chart with an average of 16.07 per game, Frimpong does 2.01 more at 17.85 per game.

The top six for the centre forwards are Victor Osimhen (Napoli – 16.05),
Vakoun Bayo (/Watford – 15.17), Emmanuel Latte Lath (Middlesbrough – 14.87), Alexandre Mendy (SM Caen – 14.51), Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid – 14.41) and Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal – 14.41).

Other positions

Ratio Player Club Nb/Match
1.91 x Álvaro García Rayo Vallecano (ESP) 16.63
1.80 x Armand Laurienté US Sassuolo (ITA) 15.70
1.73 x Felipe Anderson SS Lazio (ITA) 14.28
1.66 x Marvin Park UD Las Palmas (ESP) 13.59
1.64 x Daniel James Leeds United (ENG/2) 14.66


Attacking midfielders
Ratio Player Club Nb/Match
1.79 x Guus Til PSV Eindhoven (NED) 9.70
1.75 x Matt Crooks Real Salt Lake (USA) 9.85
1.65 x Mads Frökjaer-Jensen Preston North End (ENG/2) 9.48
1.52 x Arno Verschueren Sparta Rotterdam (NED) 7.84
1.49 x Abdoulaye Doucouré Everton FC (ENG) 8.58


Central & Defensive midfielders
Ratio Player Club Nb/Match
1.91 x Sessi D'Almeida Pau FC (FRA/2) 9.57
1.90 x Josh Laurent Stoke City FC (ENG/2) 9.27
1.86 x Ezechiel Banzuzi OH Leuven (BEL) 9.51
1.84 x Ryan Edwards SD Amorebieta (ESP/2) 9.72
1.84 x Amine Oudrhiri Rio Ave FC (POR) 7.24


Full Backs
Ratio Player Club Nb/Match
2.10 x Jeremie Frimpong Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 17.85
1.80 x Marlon Fossey Standard Liège (BEL) 13.77
1.78 x Dexter Lembikisa Heart of Midlothian (SCO) 12.69
1.74 x Dimitrios Giannoulis Norwich City (ENG/2) 12.39
1.73 x Pastor Custódio SC Farense (POR) 12.72


Centre Backs
Ratio Player Club Nb/Match
1.80 x Danilo da Silva Juventus FC (ITA) 8.49
1.77 x Ruan Tressoldi US Sassuolo (ITA) 8.74
1.76 x Davinson Sánchez Galatasaray SK (TUR) 8.12
1.75 x Otávio Ataíde FC Porto (POR) 7.25
1.68 x Saúl Coco UD Las Palmas (ESP) 7.70

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 month ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter.