Why Liverpool's loanee is not an overpriced failure

France Football readers voted Divock Origi the second most overpriced player in France.

Liverpool fans have watched on with interest as their young striker Divock Origi has endured a difficult time in France this season. On loan at former club Lille OSC, he has failed to find form on a consistent basis.

However, in recent weeks he seems to have found his feet and provided Lille with goals and assists. That has not stopped French magazine France Football's readers naming him as the second most overpriced player in Ligue 1.

It is somewhat harsh to label a 19-year-old striker overpriced, especially in a league where both Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao cost over €60 million, without ever living up to that price tag.

Despite his run of 17 league games without a goal – in which Origi put in some desperately poor performances – Lille didn’t exactly provide the environment needed to blossom. Although the player does deserve criticism for his poor spell.

When you look at other young strikers that came through in Ligue 1, poor spells are expected, and it is how they bounce back that shows more of what they are capable of.

Now, Origi has seven goals this campaign and three assists, and the records will ultimately show that he provided a fairly good return for a young player with potential. Back when he was the same age, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema only scored five goals in Ligue 1. The only difference was that the France international stayed at Lyon for another two seasons before moving to Spain.

Origi’s problem has come with experiencing too much, too soon in his young career. His World Cup performances thrust him into the limelight and the expectation on him to be Lille’s top striker this season has proved too much.

That will all change at Liverpool, with more senior players able to shoulder the burden. In three or four years, if Origi hasn’t scored over 10 Premier League goals in a season, perhaps we can say that France Football were right.

Liverpool have paid for not just ability, but potential, and if the Belgian forward goes on to bring the Anfield club success, it will show that this was a bad call from the French public.

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