Name: Divock Origi
International Caps: 4
Marc Wilmots admitted that if it wasn’t for the untimely injury of Cristian Benteke, then Lille’s 19-year-old prodigy, Divock Origi, wouldn’t have stood a hope of making the Belgian squad. But two games into Belgium’s World Cup, and two impactful substitute appearances have got people talking about the young Belgian striker.
Spurs and Liverpool have been credited with interest in Origi, especially after his Lille future was put into serious doubt in January when he made clear he was looking elsewhere to secure more first-team football. According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool are likely to pip Tottenham to Origi’s signature, with an agreement to loan the Belgian back to Lille being the deal-breaker.
Origi’s lightning pace has been his most notable asset so far during his two cameo roles in Brazil. His impact has been even more astounding due to the underwhelming performances of Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku has been wholly ineffectual, looking laboured in his movement and unsure in his touch on the ball. Origi has been the opposite, with his energy and speed giving his midfielders the chance to put balls in behind defenders into the channels for him to chase down.
Following his match-winning goal against Russia in Belgium’s last World Cup match, Origi expressed his desire to follow in the footsteps of Benteke and Lukaku and play in the Premier League. Tottenham would seem an ideal destination. With Mauricio Pochettino’s willingness to give young players considerable amounts of playing time Origi would doubtless be given his chance. Add the lack of movement from Roberto Soldado and perennial inconsistence of Emmanuel Adebayor into the equation, and a move to Spurs would seem fitting.
Origi has earned his chance to start in Belgium’s final group game against South Korea, and if he continues taking his opportunities, then a big Premier League move surely beckons.
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