An update has emerged on Liverpool striker Divock Origi, regarding Wolves’ interest in his services.
According to The Telegraph, Wolves are one of three Premier League sides showing an interest in Liverpool striker Divock Origi.
The report claims that Crystal Palace and West Ham are also keen on the Belgian international, although it does not state how receptive to a deal the Reds are at this moment in time.
Bruno Lage must avoid his first howler at Molineux by avoiding a deal for Origi. Wolves should not be looking to sign the Belgian forward this summer for multiple reasons.
For starters, his goal record is less than impressive. He has never scored more than eight goals in a league season since coming through at Lille in the 2012/13 campaign and has not scored more than four league goals since the 2017/18 season for Wolfsburg.
Last term, he failed to score a single Premier League goal in nine appearances after managing four in 28 games the previous year. This highlights his struggles in front of goal and why Wolves, from a footballing point-of-view, should not be interested in signing him. He has no proven track record of scoring consistently, which is why fans would be livid if the club brought him to the club.
This is not to say he is a terrible player. Former Belgian international and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany previously hailed Origi as a monster. He said:
“He is very gifted and talented. Technically, he’s a monster. More importantly, he is an outstanding worker in training. I see him working like crazy. If he continues in this way, in a few years he will be among the five or ten best strikers in the world.”
Kompany’s comments suggest that there is potential there for him to develop if given the right game time, but it would be a gamble given his form for Liverpool in the last few seasons. But, why would Wolves take a risk on Origi fulfilling his potential when they already have a player in the building who they could work on?
The £77k-per-week dud is 26 now, whereas Fabio Silva is only 19 and Wanderers invested £36m, plus his wages, in his future. Origi coming through the door could stunt Silva’s development, as it could offer him fewer opportunities to get on the pitch and continue to hone his skills in the Premier League.
It could be more beneficial for Wolves to stick with Silva and allow him to spend the season learning from Raul Jimenez and then stepping onto the pitch when needed. Although he had a difficult first season in England, he still managed four goals and three assists in the league, which is more goal contributions than Origi has managed in a Premier League campaign since 2016/17.