Kevin Phillips believes Divock Origi could thrive at West Ham United, even if he wasn’t the Hammers’ first-choice striking target.
The former Premier League Golden Boot winner was speaking to Football Insider.
The publication claimed at the weekend that preliminary talks are underway with Liverpool over the signing of the Belgian.
Origi, who sits behind the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota in the pecking order, was limited to nine Premier League appearances for the Reds last season.
Overall, he managed to score only one goal in 536 minutes of football, and that came in a 7-2 rout of League One Lincoln City.
Origi is into the final year of the contract he signed in 2019, and Transfermarkt value him at £10.8million.
Phillips says that cover and competition for Michail Antonio must be a priority for West Ham and is confident that Origi could regain ‘consistency’ under the tutelage of David Moyes.
“You almost feel there’s no one else out there and they have to go for him,” he said.
“It’s clearly an area they need to strengthen,” he continued. “Michail Antonio can’t play every game of the season.
“If he’s injured, who plays? Origi has quality, the only concern is his consistency.
“I would like to think West Ham can get the best out of him, Moyes can get the best out of him.”
Origi would be an uninspiring addition after failing to make any sort of impression last season.
There’s often a sluggish look about him on the pitch, but perhaps a move away and a greater role would indeed revitalise him. In his defence, it is difficult to generate any real rhythm or sharpness when you are used so sparingly.
Antonio would probably be the main man at West Ham, but his injury record suggests there would be plenty of opportunities for Origi to shine.
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