Divock Origi has been a revelation at the 2014 World Cup finals.
That’s because the teenager’s performance in Brazil has been superb. He has yet to start a match for Belgium in the tournament, but in his three substitute appearances, he has had a very positive impact.
Against Russia at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, it was his 88th-minute goal that gave Belgium all three points, and on Thursday, it was his saved shot that allowed Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen to score and win the match against South Korea in Sao Paulo.
Heading into the tournament, Origi was a relative unknown and was supposed to feature off the bench. Which he has done so far, but with Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku struggling for form, there have been suggestions that Belgium coach Marc Wilmots should include him in his starting line-up for their round-of-16 clash against the USA in Salvador on July 1.
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Liverpool legend Michael Owen is among those have been impressed with Origi’s displays for Belgium at the World Cup, and believes that he will be playing in the Premier League soon.
This lad, Origi, who has come on for Belgium looks quality. Only 19, plays for Lille. I expect him to turn up in The Premier League soon.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) June 26, 2014
Whether that happens or not remains to be seen, but already there is growing interest in Origi from the top clubs in England.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur both are said to be interested in the youngster, but it is Liverpool who are reported to be the frontrunners - the Reds are preparing to make a £6 million offer for him to Lille and will allow him to stay on loan at the Ligue 1 club for the 2014-15 campaign.
If these reports are to be believed, then Origi will not have to wait long before playing Premier League football.