Lille striker and Belgium’s latest superstar Divock Origi has spoke of his desire to play in the Premier League like so many of his national teammates have done.
The 19-year-old is currently in Brazil representing Belgium in their first World Cup since 2002. The Belgians are currently top of their group and face a clash with South Korea to reach the knockout stages.
Origi has come off the bench for both their games so far, replacing Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku. Origi scored his first World Cup against Russia, scoring in the last few minutes to hand Belgium a 1-0 win.
The Lille striker will be hoping that his displays in Brazil will be attracting attention from Premier League clubs to fulfil his childhood dream of playing in England.
According to the Daily Mail, it seems as if his dreams could be coming true soon. It is believed that Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool are considering offering a bid for the striker. Origi featured 30 times for Lille last season, scoring five times in his second season in Ligue 1.
According to Belgian scouts, Origi has the potential to make more of an impact in the Premier League than his national strike partners Lukaku and Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke.
Despite being several years younger than two of the brightest strikers in the league, scouts reckon that Origi is currently a better all round player than both Lukaku and Benteke were at that age. For him to develop at the same rate as his older natives, he will need to find a club that will nurture his talent and aid his development.
Out of the three English team rumoured to be interested, the best at nurturing talent would be Arsenal, who often buy young players and let them develop. Over the past seasons, less young players have broken through into the first team though.
Tottenham have shown that they can get the best out of young players if they get the time on the field, for example Gareth Bale. With striking options in need of bolster, the rumoured £5 million bid from Tottenham may be a good buy. Especially since the high profile flop of Roberto Soldado and the high price tag that he came with.
Liverpool have just signed Rickie Lambert from Southampton and already have plenty of attacking options, so it is unlikely that a move to last year’s runner ups will attract the youngster, unless the Champions League is also a factor in his decision.
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