Standard Liege manager Ronny Deila has expressed regret over not signing Nigeria international Victor Boniface.
The 21-year-old striker has been in fine form for Union Saint-Gilloise in the Belgium Jupiler Pro League since the start of the season with six goals and created three assists in 19 appearances in all competitions for Les Unionistes.
The former Bodo/Glimt, who joined Union SG for a club record of €2m, has been making headlines for his brilliant performance.
Deila was head coach of Valerenga between 2017 and 2020, during which time a Nigeria-based Boniface came for trials at the club.
The 47-year-old tactician still regrets not offering the youngster a contract at the time.
“I had Victor Boniface on trial at Valerenga, but I had three attackers at that time,” Deila told French media, Walfoot.
“It was a mistake not to offer him a contract and transfer him. He then joined Bodo/Glimt.
“He is a very good player who is physically solid and who is skilful in front of the opposing goals. I am impressed with what he has already achieved in his career, and he is still young. We will have to watch him well.”
Boniface is a delight at Union SG. Before joining Belgium and becoming the most expensive transfer from the Brussels club (€2m), the Nigerian played in Norway for Bodo / Glimt. A club that Ronny Deila obviously knows since the latter officiated at Valerenga a few years ago.
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