Many of us were looking forward to the World Cup and in particular, to see how the Belgians fared. Much touted by pundits as an outside bet for the tournament, Marc Wilmots’ team are through to the next phase, but they haven’t been entirely convincing.
Further interest for Spurs fans was subdued when Nacer Chadli, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele were all dropped to the bench for yesterday’s tie in Russia but according to some news reports, Belgium’s match winner might be lining up at White Hart Lane next season.
After another ineffective display from Romelu Lukaku, the Chelsea man was withdrawn and replaced by Lille’s Divock Origi who climbed off the bench to score the only goal of the game, with just two minutes left on the clock.
In scoring, the 19 year old became the youngest man to hit the target for Belgium at the World Cup but his overall record isn’t anything to get excited about. Described by the Evening Standard as a ‘World Cup sensation’ yesterday’s strike was Origi’s first in four full internationals but the worrying stat reveals just two goals in 44 appearances for Lille.
The only return of any substance is the 10 goals in 19 Belgian under 19 games. At a fee of £5m for a 19 year old, Divock Origi may be worth a punt but for now, he’s far from the finished article.