17 Oct 2016

Collymore insists: 'Raw' Liverpool outcast is just like 'exciting' €40m Chelsea powerhouse. Agree?

After his mini-breakthrough last season, Divock Origi is struggling for game time this season, and according to ex-Red Stan Collymore, Origi is very similar to one of Chelsea's recent signings.

"Origi reminds me of Michy Batshuayi at Chelsea, there’s a load of potential there but he’s still a raw talent"

Like Origi, Batshuayi - Hailed by Gary Cahill as 'exciting and powerful' - is struggling for game time this season:

* Origi: 275 mins (average: 39 mins per game)

* Batshuayi: 222 mins (average: 31 mins per game - never played more than 19 minutes in a single Premier League game)

Antonio Conte's treatment of Batshuayi is baffling, especially since Chelsea splurged €40m on the striker just a few months ago. I'm sure Batshuayi now regrets his decision to sign for Chelsea. At Marseille, the Belgian made 78 appearances in just two seasons, and now, he's a benchwarmer.

And it's not as if Batshuayi is green youngster; he's an experienced 23-year old striker with 9 appearances for the Belgium national team, and his age, he should be playing regular first-team football. The same could be said of Origi, but he is two years younger than Batshuayi, so he has more time on his side.

One thing's for sure: Lack of game time is hurting both Origi and Batshuayi on the international stage, with both players falling into perennial sub status over the last six months.

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