In a recent report, Todo Fichajes has revealed that Aston Villa are locked in a three-way battle for Liverpool striker Divock Origi. It is believed that the Villans could face stiff competition from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United in pursuit of the Belgian forward, who is valued at €20m, after failing to land the player back in January (via Todo Fichajes).
Origi’s Lacklustre Season At Anfield So Far
Origi is having an underwhelming season at Merseyside as the lack of regular first-team football has hampered his development under Jurgen Klopp’s stewardship. The Belgian marksman has only scored one goal and provided two assists in 17 matches for Liverpool this term in various competitions.
The former Lille youngster has struggled to give a good account of himself as most of his performances has come as a substitute this season. Origi is averaging 0.7 shots, 0.3 key passes and 0.2 dribbles per game in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League this season. However, he has distributed the ball relatively well after completing 79.7% of his attempted passes in both those competitions (stats via whoscored).
Origi is in dire need of regular playing time, so Villa Park could be an ideal destination for him as Dean Smith can afford to offer him a more prominent role in English football over the next few years.
What Are The Belgian International’s Best Attributes?
Origi has decent pace in his locker and has got the ability to make some direct runs with the ball in the attacking third. He can stretch the opposition defence to create openings for others around him and can be a decent finisher in front of the goal when he is playing well on the pitch.
The 29-time Belgian international can generate a lot of power with his shot attempts but needs to be more productive in terms of overall influence inside the opponent’s penalty box. Furthermore, Origi has been far from consistent during his stay at Anfield, so it’s high time for him to look for a new club where he will be able to prove his worth week in week out.
Is Origi The Right Fit For The Villans?
A striker of Origi’s skillset will be a decent fit for the West Midlands club as he is good enough to offer some serious competition for Ollie Watkins, who remains Dean Smith’s first-choice forward. The Belgian sensation will add more depth to Smith’s match-day squad and could be an upgrade over the injury-prone pair, Wesley Moraes and Keinan Davis. Origi is also versatile enough to fill in as a wide player on the flanks, making him a decent option for the Villans to consider during the summer transfer window.