With Scott Parker’s side having scored just seven goals in their first eight Premier League fixtures, it seems as if the Cottagers may well be regretting not adding to their striker options in the summer transfer window, with them missing out on Liverpool striker Divock Origi.
Scott Parker’s side failed to bring in a single striker during the recent transfer window, with Transfermarkt suggesting that they have just Aleksandar Mitrovic and 17-year-old Jay Stansfield as natural centre-forwards in their squad.
The West London club were linked with a move for Liverpool striker Divock Origi by The Mirror, alongside the likes of Leeds, Aston Villa, Brighton and Newcastle but he ended up staying with the Merseyside club.
The Belgian forward will no doubt long be revered by Liverpool fans for his goal in their Champions League final win against Tottenham Hotspur in 2019 but with the recent arrival of Diogo Jota, it seems unlikely that he will ever be able to nail down a starting spot in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Belgian international hasn’t made a single appearance in the Premier League so far this season and has played just once in the Champions League, where he failed to have much impact in the Reds’ win against FC Midtjylland (per WhoScored).
Following the Champions League final, Alan Shearer was full of praise for the striker, saying:
“Origi produced an outstanding finish once again. I was at the semi-final against Barcelona at Anfield and he was immense. To produce another incredible finish in the final is massive credit to his drive and belief.
“When he was away on loan he couldn’t even get any game time — and he has it tough in this Liverpool team as that front three are impossible to budge.
“But what a two months it has been for him. He has written himself into the history books at Liverpool Football Club.” (per The Sun)
The former Lille man arrived at the Anfield outfit in the summer of 2014 and in his six years with the club, he has gone on to make 143 appearances, contributing 35 goals and 13 assists (per Transfermarkt).
Considering he is valued at £14.4 million and has 19 goals in the Premier League in his career, you can definitely argue that he would have been a sensible, affordable option for the Cottagers in the summer market.
However, a deal could not be done and now Parker’s side look painfully thin in the attacking department, with their reliance on Mitrovic to score goals in the top-flight not paying off so far, considering the Serbian has just two goals to his name this season, both of which came in the 4-3 defeat against Leeds United (per WhoScored).
Therefore, if the 25-year-old becomes available again in the January transfer window, we feel that the Cottagers should do everything they can to bring him to Craven Cottage.