The unexpected call-up for Belgian striker Divock Origi has given the 19-year-old a chance to make a huge impression in Brazil this summer.
At every World Cup there are always those players that seemingly emerge from obscurity and announce themselves to the world stage. With the current access to social media and the internet all around the globe it very hard for anyone to make a splash anymore, but Belgium coach Marc Wilmots achieved it this week. He named uncapped Arsenal and Liverpool target, Divock Origi, in his 24-man squad and it was a move that even took the Belgian media by surprise.
Origi over Batshuayi is one of the biggest surprises, but we at BeNeFoot did bring up the possibility of him going after Benteke's injury.— BeNeFoot (@BeNeFoot) May 13, 2014
Wow, Lille youngster Divock Origi goes to Brazil, along with Adnan Januzaj. He's a 19 year-old striker.— John Chapman (@BelgoFoot) May 13, 2014
Origi is 19-years-old and has just this season made his big break at French club Lille, and although his raw talent is there for everyone to see, it was a big surprise to see Wilmots pick him for the tournament this summer.
It was last season against Troyes that a 17-year-old Origi made his debut for Lille, he scored after only being on the pitch for six minutes and the exciting journey hasn’t stopped since. He has made himself part of the Lille first team this season, scoring five goals in just 12 league starts.
Origi is the youngest player in Ligue 1 to score five goals this season; this gives you an idea of how special a talent this young player is. He has all the raw abilities that you would like a player to have, he is learning all the time and it is quite clear to see why Arsenal have apparently had scouts at the Stade Pierre Mauroy a few times this season to cast their eye over the Belgian.There has also been talk of interest from Liverpool recently
Now the forward will have the chance to show the world what he is capable of. He is unlikely to get a lot (if any) of playing time at Brazil, but his attributes make his a great option late in a game. He is tall, he is very very quick and he is great at running the channels. When your oppositions are tired and struggling to get back and defend, Origi is the ideal player to take advantage and cause problems for the back-line.
These traits will be exactly why Origi has been handed a place in the squad and it is now up to the 19-year-old forward to take full advantage of any opportunities this summer. If he makes a splash there will be more clubs interested before the start of the season.