Former Arsenal and Manchester City forward Emmanuel Adebayor feels African Footballer of the Year Victor Osimhen possesses all of the qualities required to be successful in the Premier League.

Osimhen, who won the prestigious continental prize in December, has emerged as one of the market’s hottest assets with a host of English clubs keeping tabs on him.

This is apparently due to his outstanding 2022-23 season, in which he finished as the leading scorer in Italy’s Serie A and helped Napoli overcome a 33-year league title drought.

The 25-year-old’s contract with the club was extended last month until 2026, but that is unlikely to deter suitors such as Arsenal and Chelsea, who remain interested in his talents.

“He has the right attitude, mentality and determination to excel there (in England),” former Togo captain Adebayor told BBC Sport Africa.

“I’m praying for him to move to the Premier League and show what he’s capable of. The Premier League is the toughest and best (league) in the world,” Adebayor said.

“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.”

Osimhen’s immediate target will be to help his country, Nigeria, at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

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