Lille fans turn against ‘goal-shy’ Origi
Divork Origi’s barren spell in front of goal stretching 923 minutes has turned his club’s fans against him.
The youngster, whose dad is Kenyan, shot to prominence last June, when he featured for Belgium at the Fifa World Cup in Brazil.
By representing Belgium, Origi essentially by passed the possibility of playing for Kenya, with his dad Mike Okoth – a former Kenya international – hinting during extensive interviews that his son’s decision was influenced by the shambolic management of the Kenyan game.
Meanwhile, Origi’s impressive performances at the World Cup were enough to secure him a lucrative move to English Premier League side Liverpool, although part of the transfer agreement means he will remain at his former club Lille on loan for the remainder of the current league season.
Now Lille supporters seem to be having an issue with Origi’s overall display on the pitch in recent times as manifested during the team’s 3-0 home loss to German side Wolfsburg midweek.
The teenager was roundly booed by the fans after missing a penalty to stretch his goals drought to 10 matches.
But Origi’s father has come out in defence of his son following the on-loan Liverpool striker’s recent poor spell.
“A World Cup, a short pre-season, his age… You can’t underestimate it,” said Okoth.