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The World Cup doesn’t only allow the best players to showcase their talents, but also offers the more unknown entities to claim some of the limelight – youngsters or the proverbial ?late-bloomers’. One player who has impressed many is Belgium’s Divock Origi. But what’s all the hype about?
Origi is a 19-year old striker, standing at 1.85m tall. He began his career at Genk, before moving to Lille as a teenager. He only made his competitive debut as recently as 2 February 2013, which puts his achievements thus far into context; the kid has some talent.

Origi is mainly a striker which plays as the spearhead of the attack, holding up the ball, chasing down through balls and challenges for the ball in the air. He is, though, also capable of playing on either wing, although he has been used more regularly on the left-wing. The stats for his 2013-14 season, however, look rather average; five goals in 30 Ligue 1 appearances (18 of those being from the bench). He’s created 18 chances and won only 48% of his aerial duels. He also has a very, VERY impressive shooting accuracy, hitting the target 78% of the time. Yeah, that may not be necessarily bad, but considering the hype that surrounds him at the moment, those do not make for good viewing. When looking at his World Cup performances, it’s clear that he has been trusted with more responsibility and freedom, taking three times as many shots and completing almost three times more successful dribbles on average per game when compared to when playing for his club. But let’s put the stats aside, since the whole is not the sum of the parts.
Origi is a player ?who puts a shift in’, running after hopeless balls and challenging whenever possible. He’s not only strong, especially for his age, but he is competitive - he WANTS the ball. He is strong around the box and won’t shy away if an opportunity presents itself. Combine the above with his shooting accuracy, and you’ve got yourself a player who could change a game for you. He’s lively, he’s exciting, and that’s why people are after him.

There are negatives to his game, though. The main problem, which is entirely not his fault, is his lack of experience and, consequently, his decision-making. His youthfulness is both his best asset and his biggest fault. When to shoot, when to pass it back, should I hold the ball and wait for support? – these things come with time. Divock Origi has talent, that is clear to see.

This should then be a warning to any potential suitors. While his price may be relatively low at the moment, it could be disastrous for his career to switch clubs now. He requires a comfortable environment which is familiar to him, where he is challenged and managed by coaches that know him. He needs playing time, and a lot of it. If he is robbed of that, his progress will be halted and he will stagnate as a player. New surroundings, new coaches, a different playing style, the language barrier – not ideal for a 19-year old. Origi is a bright player for the future, but he is also an extremely a raw talent. Caution is the order of the day.

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