Name: Divock Origi
International Caps: 7 (1 goal)
Anyone who watched Belgium at the World Cup would have seen a glimpse of Divovk Origi, who dislodged Romelu Lukaku to lead the line for the Red Devils in Brazil. Naturally raw given that he’s still just 19, the teenager found the back of the net in the group stage, which was actually the effort that sealed the nation’s qualification for the last 16.
So what will Liverpool be getting for their money?
Potential. Origi is largely unproven and was relatively unknown outside of France prior to the World Cup. He netted five goals for Lille last season as the Ligue 1 club narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification, showing signs that he has the talent to succeed. Originally a wide attacker, he moved into a central role when it became apparent that his powerful frame would be of use to the French club, and he looked more settled in the role. Tottenham have also been linked with him, so there clearly is bags of talent in the young man’s legs.
Will Origi be worth it?
£10m is not much money in modern football, particularly when the Premier League’s new TV deal is brought to the table. It’s unlikely that Origi will be seen at Anfield until at least 2015, with a loan move back to Lille looking probable, which will give him time to develop. This seems initially like a little bit of a waste, with some of Brendan Rodgers’ spending due to make no impact over the coming 12 months.
Will he soften the blow of losing Suarez?
Yes and no. A loan back to Lille means that he will play no part in replacing ‘El Pistolero’ in the short-term, but as another striking option for the future he may go some way to filling the void to be left by the Uruguayan.
Thumbs up or thumbs down?
Somewhere in the middle from us. There really isn’t a lot to go on with Origi, so keeping an eye on his performances in the increasingly competitive Ligue 1 next season will be vital in assessing the teenager further. He has bags of potential, and with Belgium having produced Lukaku and Benteke in recent years, the signs are good.