Tottenham have made fresh atttempts to hi-jack Liverpool's bid for Belgian youngster Divock Origi.
According to reports, the London outfit are preparing a second approach for the Belgian striker, after having their initial attempts to secure his signature rejected. Origi emerged as one of the surprise stars of this summer's World Cup, scoring on one occasion for the Red Devils.
The Independent has recently suggested that Liverpool have agreed a £9.8 million fee for Origi’s services, with the 19-year-old set to discuss personal terms with Brendan Rodgers this week, but this will not deter Mauricio Pochettino, who is keen to bolster Tottenham's attacking options ahead of the new season.
It is thought Origi favours the Reds due to the club's participation in the Champions League, but it's highly unlikely that he'll receive a starting place at the Merseyside outfit. If Spurs are willing to give the youngster a shot at first team action, then it is highly conceivable that both the player and club will come to a suitable arrangement.
Origi current plies his trade for Ligue 1 outfit Lille, for whom he made 29 league appearances last season. The Belgian youngster bagged five goals last term, by no means a jaw-dropping total, but a closer look at the statistics suggests he would be worth the gamble. Here's how he compares to Tottenham's current crop of forwards.
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He may have scored fewer goals than Spurs duo Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, who notched 11 and six goals respectively, but he proved more clinical, especially in comparison to the latter. He provides a physical presence, whilst he is powerful and possesses a lethal finish. Throughout his Ligue 1 participation last season he hit 72% of his attempted shots on target, scoring from 27.8% of his attempts.
Adebayor, who played 34 key passes and assisted four goals last term, established himself as Tottenham's most efficient forward in terms of creative prowess, despite registering fewer assists than Soldado (5). The Togo international fashioned a scoring opportunity more regularly than his Spanish team-mate, and a direct comparison with Origi also sees the veteran come up trumps.
The 19-year-old failed to register a single Ligue 1 assist, however, he did play 18 key passes - creating just under one scoring opportunity every hour.
|Pass Accuracy (%)||Take On Success (%)||Aerial Duel Success (%)||Tackle Success (%)|
Origi's greatest strengths lie in his dribbling ability and his aerial expertise. He is a strong, pacey teenager, who possesses the ideal attributes to penetrate opposition defences. He displayed this last term, winning 22 of 48 attempted take ons and 23 of 54 headers. Only Adebayor completed more of his dribbles.
He is less adept at passing than the Spurs duo, and considerably less successful when tackling. But these are secondary attributes for a centre-forward, and if he can provide the goods in the final third, the Tottenham fans are unlikely to bat an eyelid.
Playing alongside a strike partner at Lille, or as a lone forward for Belgium, Origi has already shown the credentials that could see him become a top quality Premier League striker in the future. Granted, he lacks experience, but this is compensated by his fantastic temperament and desire to impress.
For Origi, a switch to Tottenham could be the perfect move. Under Mauricio Pochettino, a manager who holds young players in very high regard, he'll be given a fantastic opportunity to prove himself in the English top flight.
Roberto Soldado experienced a largely underwhelming debut season in London and his place in the side is undoubtedly up for grabs. He would serve as the perfect back-up option to Emmanuel Adebayor.