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Why Osimhen will succeed at Napoli – Pundit

first_img In terms of shooting, Osimhen is also far more composed than his age might suggest, as 44% of his shots hit the target, which is much better than Mertens’ 35%. Milik’s stats look similar in that regard, but considering that the Pole seems eager to leave, it would certainly help if Napoli have a player of similar height and shooting accuracy. The Nigerian’s technical ability is not to be underestimated as well, as although he is right-footed, he is also very capable with his left, scoring seven goals with his supposed weaker foot. Of course, pointing out only the strong aspects of Osimhen’s game would be wrong, so just like Martin Schmidt who used to coach him at Wolfsburg admitted recently, the youngster still has a long way to go tactically. However, he already has remarkable speed and athleticism, so he already is a very strong player. Mentality wise, just like every young player, the 21-year-old needs to improve his concentration, but he plays with such fire and passion that could potentially make him instrumental for Gattuso’s vision of the team. Despite all this, the fact remains that Osimhen’s transfer is a huge gamble for Napoli. Becoming Napoli’s most expensive signing ever and one of the most expensive African players of all time surely comes with a burden, so the big risk here is to avoid the exaggerated transfer fee putting in unrealistic expectations towards the player. read also:Osimhen’s Napoli switch on, more offers arrive for forward – Lille chief It is no coincidence that the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have shown interest in the Nigerian, so there is little doubt that Osihmen can light up Naples. He just needs to be given the chance. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen is arguably one of the best players in his generation and he’s capable of making a great impact with the Italian club, Napoli, according to football pundit, Vilizar Yakimov. The football pundit stated on football Italia that although Osimhen’s transfer is expensive and the Nigerian would be ready to justify the huge financial resources involved. “It’s obvious that even for €50m the expectations towards Osimhen will go way beyond the pure excitement that such a signing brings, but what exactly can he bring to Napoli? The Nigerian’s numbers clearly can’t justify his gigantic rumoured €81m transfer fee, as Osimhen scored 18 goals and four assists in all competitions for Lille, before Ligue 1 was cancelled due to the COVID situation. However, his age and playing style are what make him perfect for Napoli, as the 185cm tall striker possess impressive speed and physique, while his off the ball movement is simply remarkable. Osimhen is a player who likes to run in the channels and behind the back of opposition defences, which makes him a good for Napoli’s playing style. His acceleration and ability to run with the ball also mean he would be perfect for Gattuso’s counter-attacking approach in certain games. While neither Arkadiusz Milik nor Dries Mertens combine those qualities, Osimhen’s biggest advantage over them is the intensity of his pressing gamе. The Nigerian averages 1.3 recoveries in the final third, which is significantly higher than Milik’s 0.9, while his speed and agility are far superior to those of Mertens, who at 33, often loses some of his intensity in the latter stages of games. Osimhen’s presence in Napoli’s attack would allow the Partenopei to recover possession much easier and in more advanced areas of the pitch, while his speed and positioning in the penalty area will make the transition from defence to attack much smoother. This is further highlighted by Osimhen’s 78.9% progressive passes success rate, which is equal to Mertens, but significantly higher than Milik’s 64%.center_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti6 Extreme Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

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Gen. Petraeus speaks on past leadership

first_imgGen David Petraeus said his tenure as commanding general in Iraq and director of the CIA included countless sleepless nights, catching a stray bullet in the chest and even a mountain bike race against former President George W. Bush.Gen. Ed. · David Petraeus, a USC Judge Widney Professor, talks to students on Tuesday about his experiences serving as commander general of the Iraq forces and CIA director. – Tom Queally | Daily TrojanPetraeus, a USC Judge Widney Professor, gave leadership advice and described his experience working in the upper echelon of government services in a lecture he gave in MDA 325, “Case Studies in Modern Leadership,” on Tuesday.The class, taught by Dan Schnur and Bill Simon, includes guest lectures by prominent figures in politics, business and the media.Petraeus spoke of how his experience as the commanding general in Iraq shaped his understanding of leadership, starting from the moment he was given the job.“I basically went to the White House for a meeting and came out with a new job,” Petraeus said of being appointed the commanding general of U.S. troops in Iraq by Bush.Though leading U.S. soldiers in Iraq was both grueling and emotionally draining, Petraeus said he counts the experience among his most valuable.“You cannot imagine anything more awesome on a good day, but there aren’t many good days. We had a few good days,” he said. “A good day was no casualties and also no Iraqi casualties.”Petraeus said the deaths of U.S. soldiers took an emotional toll on him even when he did not know them personally. He was also injured during his time in the military in what he called a “freak accident” when he was hit by a stray bullet shot by one of his own soldiers.The general also said that the complexity of his job made it especially draining. Petraeus envisioned the military working differently than previous operations. When a soldier asked him if he saw the World War II general Douglas MacArthur as a role model, Petraeus explained that his vision more closely aligned with Rudy Giuliani’s strategy as mayor of New York City.“I think of Rudy Giuliani trying to patch broken windows in New York. And that’s sort of the way we looked at it,” Petraeus said. “The idea is if you fix the broken window, it doesn’t turn into the derelict building that turns into the crack house that destroys the neighborhood. You have got to stop that early on.”His role in Iraq, Petraeus said, focused on more than traditional combat — U.S. troops were rebuilding communities, patching roads and repairing schools. He hoped their efforts could help Iraqi citizens feel more secure in their homes, and turn the tide of violence in the country.“There is nothing easy about it, but there is also no greater privilege,” he said of serving in the military.Petraeus’ string of positions spanned two presidencies: Bush’s and President Barack Obama’s. Asked to describe the differences between the two presidents, Petraeus called the comparison “apples and oranges.”He spoke highly of both presidents, praising Obama’s exhaustive decision-making process and Bush’s resolve in difficult situations. Petraeus has even gone mountain biking with Bush and said that even though he rode the president’s tail the whole ride, “the president always finishes first.”Petraeus said he admires both presidents for the difficulty of their job, noting that the wealth of factors both Bush and Obama had to consider complicated their decisions.“You can’t divorce the battlefield from Capitol Hill politics, coalition politics, the fiscal deficit,” he said. “You name it, there are factors that [the president] has to grapple with. In his decision-making equation, those are factors. In mine, they are informing, but not driving, factors.”Regardless of the industry or field, Petraeus said everyone from world leaders to CEOs to aspiring entrepreneurs has to focus on the “big ideas” in order to effect change.“If you don’t get big ideas right, you don’t get Facebook, you don’t get Google,” he said. “These are all built on big ideas. In Iraq, the surge that mattered most was the surge of ideas, not the surge of forces. Big ideas don’t hit you on the head like Newton’s apple if you stand under the right tree. Big ideas are hard.”The general also said he learned the value of cooperation in his positions of leadership, noting that “no one of us is smarter than all of us together.” In Iraq, when his team drafted the counter-insurgency manual for U.S. troops, Petraeus said the most effective meetings he had included journalists, intellectuals and experts in addition to military officers.Though he looked back on his career fondly, Petraeus also said his high-ranking positions showed him how lonely being a leader can be.“The truth is you don’t have anybody to talk to, actually … At the end of the day, there is one commander or one leader and that is you,” Petraeus said. “There are really no peers in those situations.”Editor’s note: This post has been updated.last_img read more

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Amnesty would be good gesture

first_img“Suicide Blitz” runs  Thursdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Danny at [email protected] Football is fast approaching, and there is, as always, plenty of NCAA administrative nonsense to gripe about. This season, USC will reprise its role as the governing body’s redheaded stepchild, sheltered from postseason play and short a handful of scholarships. Meanwhile, the NCAA continues to sniff out problems at North Carolina, Ohio State and Oregon, causing fans to wonder whether they await USC-esque sanctions as well.Amidst the controversy, it seems there should be a more fitting way to handle these nagging issues beyond the standard procedure of enforcement, coincided with dolling out myriad penalties lacking in consistency. In many ways, it’s getting a little tiresome.The way violations are reported now lacks transparency. On most occasions, someone with knowledge leaks key information to the media, causing the NCAA to act on the information in turn. There has to be something more practical, and accordingly, it is now an appropriate time to try a system of amnesty for the nation’s college athletic programs.In brief, amnesty would be a pardon for offenses, allowing schools to come forward to the NCAA with known violations at the cost of only a reprimand — basically serving as a get-out-of-jail-free card.There is already some sense of amnesty, as when programs openly report secondary violations, they face virtually no repercussions from the NCAA, but the goal for instituting amnesty would be for major missteps: things like a lack of institutional control or a failure to monitor.Such a provision would promote transparency between the NCAA and its member schools and dissuade the underhanded tactic of selling out violators.For USC, a lack of transparency remains an issue that hits particularly close to home. While the NCAA hardly hesitated to slap the Trojans with the infamous lack of institutional control penalty, seemingly less “controlled” predicaments at North Carolina and Ohio State have managed to evade a similar daunting fate — at least for now. A sufficient explanation to anyone has yet to be issued.The NCAA has often been quick to point out that enforcement is not a criminal proceeding; it has failed, however, to explain exactly how penalties are doled out. Is it based on past precedent, certain guidelines or is the Committee on Infractions given carte-blanche to sanction institutions on a whim?We’ve yet to be given clarification in this regard, even 14 months removed from the actual rendered decision, so to some degree, at least amnesty would remove the ever-so-thick curtain that stands between the NCAA and the general public.Though it would promote openness (heck, call it the NCAA’s own version glasnost), it’d serve as only a temporary fix. Once the provision was enacted, it’d be reasonable to assume schools that have historically sidestepped NCAA bylaws would quickly use the safety net to take advantage of the system. After a few years, wouldn’t we be facing this current predicament yet again?Yet, the concept of transparency might be sufficient enough to at least warrant some consideration from the NCAA. It isn’t perfect, but what exactly is?USC has experienced firsthand the damage the NCAA hammer can impose. Because of sanctions, USC will not be able to maximize scholarship offerings until the 2015 season. The program, at least according to some experts, won’t be at full strength until 2017 or maybe even 2018. You could say it’s been dealt an unfavorable hand.So why not give a school that’s so great for the sport a chance to come clean and avoid ruin?Amnesty could, as a result, be a good-faith gesture on the part of the NCAA to smooth over relations with its member schools and shed the perception that it is a ruthless dictator.It might not be effective enforcement, but it could at least provide some clarity and uniformity to an already muddied process.last_img read more

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Dodgers sweep way past Mets

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Also for the second consecutive day, the Mets’ momentum died there. The Dodgers’ first hit of the game was a solo home run by Justin Turner in the third inning. The next batter, Cody Bellinger, lined a ground-rule double over the short right field fence on one hop. Kiké Hernandez hit Steven Matz’s next pitch over the fence for a two-run home run. It was the Dodgers’ 14th home run of the series, and it gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.Rather than pile on, the Dodgers let up.Matz completed six innings and did not allow another hit. The only trouble he encountered was when Austin Barnes walked to lead off the fourth inning, then stole second and third base. No Dodger catcher had stolen two bases in the same game – let alone the same inning – since Russell Martin in 2010. But Barnes was stranded when Ryu struck out and Logan Forsythe lined out to left field.Matz allowed only three hits and three runs over six innings, while walking five batters and striking out eight.The Dodgers retook the lead in the seventh inning on a solo home run by Joc Pederson, their 15th homer in the series. It wasn’t Roberts’ only curious call from the dugout, but they all worked Thursday. They worked all series. The Dodgers swept the four-game set from the Mets, winning 6-3.In his 12th start of the season — his fifth since rejoining the rotation — Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed two runs in five innings. He threw a fairly efficient 86 pitches, well short of the 105 he threw in his previous outing.But Roberts decided he’d seen enough from Ryu with a Dodgers nursing a 3-2 lead after five innings. The Mets found new life with Chris Hatcher on the mound in the sixth inning. A two-out double by Lucas Duda drove in Jay Bruce to tie the game 3-3.Ryu lowered his earned-run average for the season to 4.30. Hatcher saw his ERA rise to 4.66.For the second consecutive day, Curtis Granderson led off the game with a home run. He sent Ryu’s fourth pitch, a 92 mph fastball, over the fence in right-center field.center_img LOS ANGELES >> Corey Seager never let go of his bat.The Dodgers had loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh inning Thursday, looking to pad a 4-3 lead against the New York Mets. The pitcher, Pedro Baez, was due to bat. Right-hander Sergio Romo was warming up in the bullpen. Seager, arguably the Dodgers’ best all-around hitter, was standing in the on-deck circle.And then he wasn’t.Dave Roberts called Seager back into the dugout so that Baez could hit for himself against reliever Jerry Blevins. The unorthodox decision paid off when Blevins threw four pitches out of the strike zone, walking Baez to force in a run before the announced crowd of 45,967 at Dodger Stadium.last_img read more