Bright future for Lille without Liverpool's Divock Origi

Despite losing Divock Origi in the summer, the future for Lille is looking brighter with a new crop of youngsters breaking through.

At the start of the season when Liverpool agreed a fee for Lille’s Belgian striker Divock Origi, it seemed that the northern club would struggle to continue at the top end of the Ligue 1 table.

Early results showed this, and affected by Origi’s very poor form in front of goal, Les Dogues slipped down the table and at one point were precariously looking at escaping a relegation battle.

Origi’s form has certainly improved, with a hat-trick against Rennes and the single goal and assist against Reims in the 3-1 home win helping the club to six valuable points.

However, it's the other young members of the squad that are helping Lille climb the table and giving the fans a revived feeling of optimism for the next couple of years.

January signing Sofiane Boufal has finally found his feet and has come alive in the Lille attack. He scored the winning goal away at Evian and then picked up two assists in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Bordeaux. He has settled in beside loanee midfielder Rony Lopes, and they have combined nicely to form a deadly attack.

In the midfield there has been the emergence of young Adama Traore too. The Malian midfielder has broken into the first-team and his goal on Sunday highlighted what he is capable of in the deeper midfield role.

Add in the form of full-backs Sebastien Corchia and Djibril Sidibe, plus the likes of Benjamin Pavard and Kevin Koubemba and the future definitely looks a lot brighter for the 2010-11 Ligue 1 champions.

Origi’s form has been hit and miss, and judgement on his career will come once he joins up with Liverpool in the summer, but for Lille the future post-Origi looks a lot brighter than when the striker agreed to join the Anfield club last summer.

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