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Two strikers, different stories

While it is still early days into the 2023/24 season, it is appropriate to say that Boniface is the rave of the moment while his namesake is struggling to replicate his last season’s performance.

On matchday 5 of the new campaign, Boniface was the hero as Bayer Leverkusen trounced Bundesliga new boys Heidenheim 4-1. The 22-year-old scored two goals, including a penalty, and grabbed another assist.

His impressive performance earned him a nomination for the Bundesliga Team of The Week, his third in just five weeks.

For Osimhen, the reverse was the case as the Super Eagles striker missed the penalty that denied Napoli a chance to win all three points against Bologna on Sunday.

Often times new signings struggle and take their time to adjust to their new environments but the Akure-born Boniface has hit the ground running since making the move from Royale Union Saint-Gilloise to Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.

In his seven games across all competitions, Boniface has scored eight goals plus three assists.

His impressive performance has seen him claim the Best Player in the Bundesliga for August. The striker also won the Rookie of The Month award.

In Italy, Osimhen currently sits second on the top scorers’ charts, just one goal behind Olivier Giroud, who has four goals, but such is the importance of the Nigerian, whose three-game barren run in front of goal has raised the alarm.

Also indicating that the two strikers are currently living in different worlds at the moment, while Boniface continues to draw praises from teammates and managers, Osimhen on his part was condemned for his altercation on the touchline with Napoli boss Rudi Garcia after he was taken off on Sunday.



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