LOSC Lille midfielder Florent Balmont has suggested that Divock Origi’s transfer to Liverpool last summer was responsible for his five-month goal drought earlier this season.
After a lively start to the campaign, Origi slumped badly and before Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Stade Rennais, hadn’t scored for five months.
Between October 2nd 2014 and March 15th 2015, his only key contribution to Les Dogues‘ campaign was an assist against Toulouse in the middle of December.
Speaking to L’Equipe after Origi ended his drought in style with a hat-trick on Sunday, Balmont suggested that the pressure of his transfer to Liverpool might have been responsible for the player’s loss of form.
“He perhaps put a bit too much pressure on himself following the transfer,” the midfielder began, “it got too much for him.”
Origi was signed by Liverpool last summer but was immediately sent back to Lille on a season-long loan.
His coach in France, Rene Girard, is hopeful that the hat-trick against Rennes will help him “rediscover his vigour” over the closing weeks of the campaign.