Victor Osimhen's brilliant brace on his debut for Lille has attracted accollades from coach Christophe Galtier.
His two goals helped Lille beat Nantes 2-1 in their Ligue 1 season opener on Sunday.
Osimhen, who signed for the French side from Club Brugge last week, opened scoring for Lille in the 19th minute.
Nantes equalised when Zeki Celik deflected Andrei Girotto’s strike into his own net six minutes after the break for the first goal of Christian Gourcuff’s reign as coach.
But Osimhen netted the winner in the 80th minute with a powerful strike to get Lille off to a bright start.
In a post-match conference, Galtier admitted Osimhen was a good buy for the club.
“Osimhen has been a player identified by Luis Campos (Lille’s sports director) since last year and with my staff, we bought the player, he was the centre forward, a teammate and a real scorer.”
“Last year, we saw Victor Osimhen put a lot of goals in Charleroi, a profile we liked with Luis Campos, and President Gerard Lopez allowed us to get him.
“He likes depth and space, but he also has the ability to be in the penalty area, and we did not have that profile on the team last year,” he said in his post-match interview.