While watching Belgium take on Australia, Stan Collymore declared Divock Origi ready for the Premier League.
Liverpool fans are keen to keep up to date with how their new signing, Divock Origi, is getting on at Lille this season, but the need to be careful in who they believe. TalkSPORT commentator Stan Collymore was covering Belgium’s match against Australia last night and sent out a couple of tweets declaring that the 19-year-old was “ready”. Unfortunately this is the opinion of someone who has basically just watched him play a couple of international matches and not actually tracked his career and current season at Lille.
Origi. Wasm't convinced at WC but holds it up well, great turning and running, movement in box could be sharper but #LFC fans will enjoy him— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) September 4, 2014
Origi is a wonderful prospect, there is no doubt about that, but let’s not get too carried away just yet. If he was ready, he wouldn’t have returned to Lille for another season. Last campaign was his first full season at senior level, and for as well as he performed, it was clear that he still has a lot to learn.
He finished the season with five goals in 30 appearances, making him the only player in Ligue 1 under-21 to score five. He was also named as one of the 50 best talents in France by French Football Weekly. The talent is there, for that there is no doubt, but to declare he is ready for the Premier League is just wrong.
Already this season you can see where Origi has to improve. The elements of his game that he does well, he does really well. He is a strong physical specimen, his pace and skill on the ball makes him a huge threat. However, when he gets the ball in dangerous situations his decision making needs to improve. That will only come with time and minutes on the pitch, and that’s why he is spending another season at Lille.
He is far from being an automatic first-choice in René Girard’s starting XI. He has started two out of the four league games so far, and came on with 18 minutes to go in Lille’s 2-0 home win over Lorient. Origi didn’t feature in last week’s draw against Monaco, showing that even Girard is being cautious in not using the young striker every week.
No one doubts Origi’s ability, but to say he is ready for the rigours of the Premier League shows that Collymore hasn’t watched enough of Origi in Ligue 1.