ALVISE CAGNAZZO: Origi has been Serie A's WORST signing of the season

ALVISE CAGNAZZO: We might only be six games in but Divock Origi already looks to be Serie A’s WORST signing of the season as injuries continue to plague the former Liverpool man who has played just 48 minutes and is yet to score for new club AC Milan

  • Divock Origi signed for AC Milan on a free transfer from Liverpool this summer
  • He hoped to secure a starting spot after being a fringe player while at Anfield
  • But Origi’s time in Italy has so far been a disaster and he has struggled for fitness
  • His unreliability leaves Milan fans resting their hopes on veteran Olivier Giroud 

There is no doubt who the worst signing of the season has been in Serie A: Divock Origi. The Belgian left Liverpool hoping to finally nail down a starting spot at a top club, but his time at AC Milan has so far been a disaster. 

Origi was never a regular for the Reds, despite the fact that he was admired by Jurgen Klopp and scored in the 2019 Champions League final as Liverpool beat Tottenham. 

Rather than catching the eye, the striker’s first months in Italy have been plagued by bad luck and injuries, which limited his opportunities on Merseyside until his contract expired. 

Divock Origi has failed to impress for AC Milan since joining from Liverpool in the summer

At 27 years old, any player, especially a striker, should be at their peak. But Origi seems to already be on a downward curve in his career.

In the Premier League, he contributed 22 goals and 10 assists in 107 games. In Italy, he risks those numbers being even worse and more similar to those of a midfielder rather than a centre forward.  

Origi is the youngest of Milan’s strikers, alongside 35-year-old Olivier Giroud and 40-year-old Ibrahimovic, but despite this gigantic age difference Origi is the one with the most issues in his troubled start to Serie A. 

He would have started against Sampdoria on Saturday but muscle fatigue prevents him from being available to Stefano Pioli.

The Belgian was a fringe player throughout his time at Anfield, but did score some key goals

Origi’s unreliability leaves Milan fans resting their hopes on 35-year-old Olivier Giroud

Milan may be beginning to think that they made a mistake signing Origi, who became one of the club’s highest earners when he joined.  

There is a big risk is that Origi could become a flop like Javi Moreno, Jose Mari, Patrick Kluivert and Fernando Torres. 

Fans are beginning to believe that the club’s hopes of winning a second successive league title could vanish if Giroud gets injured. 

At present, the attack is the area of Milan’s team with the fewest options available and there is a chance that they destroy the great progress made by beating Inter in the derby last weekend. 

Much like during his time at Liverpool, Origi has been plagued with injuries in Italy so far

AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli might already be losing faith in his new frontman

Origi has played three Serie A games so far but is yet to start and also appeared in Milan’s Champions League opener against Red Bull Salzburg. He has not scored and has been poor whenever he has played.

Milan are in great need of an attacking spark, but Pioli has never been able to call on Origi at maximum fitness. Likewise, Ibrahimovic is likely sidelined until the new year, while Ante Rebic is currently out with a back injury. It leaves the club praying to the Madonnina of Milan Cathedral to have Giroud always available. 

The feeling is that Origi, who is a doubt for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Dinamo Zagreb, has already lost opportunities to impress Pioli. The Milan boss is beginning to understand exactly why the striker was left free to leave Liverpool.

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