Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has named Tottenham defender Cristian Romero as the toughest defender he has ever come up against. 

Osimhen, 23, joined the Partenopei in July 2020 in a deal worth around £67 million from Lille (BBC Sport) and is impressing during his stint in Italy.

Despite fracturing a cheekbone in November, the Nigeria international has still managed to notch 10 goals in 17 appearances this season (Transfermarkt) and netted on his return to action in the 2-0 win against Venezia on Sunday. 

Osimhen was quizzed on who the toughest defender he has faced in his short career so far, to which he named Argentina and former Atalanta centre-back Romero. 

Speaking to La Repubblica, he said: “Romero, now at Tottenham. Every time he marked me he was faster than me, also able to anticipate me. And [Kalidou] Koulibaly in training, who never lets me score.”

Romero joined Spurs last summer on an initial loan while signing a five-year contract with an option to buy worth £42.5 million (Football.London). 

The 23-year-old, who was named Serie A Defender of the Year last season, has performed well in N17 so far despite picking up a serious hamstring injury while on international duty in November. 

Spurs Web Opinion 

Tottenham should count themselves fortunate to have landed such a talented defender in Romero, who is only going to keep growing as time goes on.

The injury disrupted some of his form when he was really getting into things, but he looked good on his return against Brighton so, hopefully, he’ll be able to maintain that. 

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