Leeds United should be looking to reignite their summer interest in Premier League champion Divock Origi if they want to bolster their attacking options before Monday’s deadline.
Football Insider reporting the Yorkshire outfit held a concrete interest in Jean-Philippe Mateta earlier this month suggests they could be in the market for a striker if the deal was right.
The Belgian should surely be considering his options now as he slips further and further down the pecking order at Liverpool.
Since the arrival of Diogo Jota, Origi has been reduced to mere cameo appearances and has played just 408 minutes across all competitions. He also didn’t help his own personal situation when he missed a one-on-one sitter in the defeat to Burnley at Anfield earlier this month.
With the Portugal international and Roberto Firmino ahead of him, he only runs the risk of wasting his peak years on the bench.
The Whites were linked to a move for Origi back in the summer when Liverpool got to work in bringing in exciting new recruits. According to The Mirror, Victor Orta and co had identified the Red as their back-up option to original desired target Odsonne Edouard.
Origi is highly regarded at Liverpool, thanks to his brace against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final and goal vs Spurs at the last hurdle, as the Reds went on to lift their sixth European trophy. He also came up with the goods against Everton, striking at the death back in 2018 to win the Merseyside Derby.
However, the ‘cult hero’ status only lasts for so long. Liverpool are looking to take the world by storm and it seems Origi does not fit the narrative. Now is the perfect time for him and Leeds to enter talks, but the Whites must act fast if they want to secure his signature.
The 25-year-old enjoyed a loan spell with Wolfsburg back in the 2017/18 season, netting seven times and contributing three assists, via Transfermarkt. His situation has interested several European clubs, with Inter Milan looking to swipe up the striker.
Leeds the run the risk of Inter or another Euro giant swooping in and tying him down. They must get the wheels in motion and initiate talks with the £60,000 per week goal-getter. Not only would he provide excellent cover and competition for Bamford – coming on and providing a fresh take on attack – but he could even partner the Englishman, too.
Origi can also play on the wing, so his versatility means he will be able to cover several positions on the pitch in case of injury or fatigue.
His Liverpool teammate Caoimhin Kelleher previously praised him for an “unreal” performance. He will certainly be a strong asset to Leeds with his versatility and love for a big occasion.
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