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2 reasons why Liverpool should let Origi go this summer

Champions League hero, Divock Origi is considering a long-term contract at Liverpool but wants more time on the pitch.

Liverpool fans will remember the incredible contributions the 24-year-old Belgian forward made last season. He scored 2 goals in the incredible comeback against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final. As well as scoring the winning goal in the final, sealing the deal on Liverpool’s sixth European success.

However, Roberto Firmino made 48 appearances in all competitions last season, whilst Origi made only 21, mainly coming on off the bench. The Football Manc Cave now understand that Jurgen Klopp is keen on offering Origi a long-term contract with the Merseyside Reds.

The 4-3-3 formation with the famous forward three of Mo Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mané, it would be difficult for manager Klopp to promise more play time to Origi with the dominance he has with his current setup.

With this in mind, here are 2 reasons Klopp should let Origi leave this summer…

He could fetch a sweet penny

In 2014, Liverpool signed Origi from French side Lille for just north of £10million, a price he has more than lived up to. Since, he has had his ups and downs on loan spells, one on a return to Lille and another in Germany with Wolfsburg.

After being trusted to perform on the world’s biggest stage against the worlds biggest teams, the asking price for Origi could be easily quadrupled, if not more.

However, with one year left on his contract, Liverpool could see this promising striker walk alone through the exit doors of Anfield for free, after the upcoming 19/20 campaign, should his playing time not increase.

Bring in a bench warmer

It is clear that Origi is itching to get play time, but it would be near impossible to break through with the likes of Firmino in his position.

Firmino will turn 28 in the upcoming season, he could have 3-5 more years of the current form he is in. Meaning Origi would be a second choice striker until he is a similar age to what his Brazilian superior is now.

By selling Origi in the region of £40million, it would allow Klopp to introduce a striker who is happy to sit on the bench and play the role of ‘super-sub’.

2 reasons why Leicester City should sign Newcastle Utd forward

Newcastle’s loss could be Leicester’s gain should they secure the services of the ever-improving Spanish striker

Ayoze Perez will be 26 at the start of the 19/20 season, in which he may well be starting off in a blue strip. The prolific Spaniard striker joined Newcastle in 2014 from his hometown club CD Tenerife.

After Newcastle’s relegation in 2016, Perez played a big part in their fight to regain Premier League status by bagging 9 goals in the Championship, as well as providing 7 assists. The battle was successful as Newcastle saw themselves back in the top tier of English football the season after, where Perez saw 8 goals and 4 assists.

More recently, in the 18/19 season, Perez was Newcastle’s top scorer with 12 Premier League goals, 13 in all competitions.

There has been an obvious and steady improvement in the Spanish striker over recent years with Newcastle, and here are two reasons he will have a big impact at Leicester City…

Give and take

As mentioned, the arc of improvement with Perez is not only visible through watching him on the pitch, but also by analysing his statistics. Next season, he could have been looking at emulating last season by scoring another 10 to 15 goals for the Magpies.

However, it is a fair statement to suggest that Leicester provide much more quality than Newcastle. Therefore surrounding himself with better players could result in a breakthrough season for the forward, and could see himself hit the 20 goals a season mark. Therefore, by moving to Leicester, both the club and the player would benefit.

Long live Jamie Vardy

Vardy will go down in history for the East Midlands blues after serving the club through thick and thin, and even holding up the Premier League trophy with his beloved team in 2016. However, even legends have sell-by dates. Next season, Vardy will turn 33 years old, and Leicester needs to secure their future. They may see a top quality goalscorer in Ayoze Perez and he could successfully relight the torch once Vardy’s has burned out.

LOWDOWN: Man Utd linked Dortmund’s Laursen, is he worth the battle with Liverpool & Arsenal?

Liverpool, Man United and Arsenal are fighting each other off in hopes to secure the Danish Dortmund ace.

Manchester United are currently in dire need of a solid centre back, a world class midfielder, an established right winger and a 30 goal a season striker. So, who are they after? Another 20-year-old left-winger. According to reports, Solskjaer is after the prodigy that is Jacob Bruun Larsen from German side Borussia Dortmund, who clearly have a fantastic scouting regime but need to retain their star players in order to become European giants and not a feeder club.

Larsen, 20, currently plays for Dortmund having 17 starts to his name last season. The BVB boss believes that the Danish winger has a bright future ahead of him, and is keen to implement him into first-team plans more regularly throughout next season. He could potentially be a star at Manchester United, however, the talented Dane could be a star anywhere. Man Utd desperately needs to improve their squad this summer, if they want any chance of gaining top four.

The youngster was signed by Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp during his management at Dortmund, making his link to Liverpool much stronger than his links to United and Arsenal.

With Solskjaer facing the uphill battle of rebuilding the world’s most disappointing club since 2013. It seems efforts should be placed elsewhere as they have already signed the Swansea City star Daniel James, who will one day run the left-wing at Old Trafford.

Liverpool and Arsenal should be left to battle for the Dane’s signature whilst Man Utd secure more pivotal deals such as Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire, Pepe and Ben Yedder.

Arsenal is reportedly limited to a £45million budget this summer, and with links to Kieran Tierney, they must sell players in order to sign more than one or two promising players.

Oldham Athletic let Rob Hunt go, why was this a bad move

The 23-year-old defender Rob Hunt has left Oldham Athletic to join Swindon Town on a two-year deal.

Oldham fans seem to agree. Rob Hunt was much more impressive during his loan spell there from Brighton, in the second half of the 16/17 season than he was after joining the Latics permanently afterwards.

Under the new management of Laurent Banide, fans should be patient and trusting of the Frenchman to arrange and rearrange his squad according to the setup and culture he wishes to adopt.

However, Rob Hunt and George Edmundson are two youth players who could have evolved into players good enough to help Banide and/or Oldham Athletic get back into League One.

Here are two reasons why letting go of these younger players is harmful to the club…

Free Transfer

Something Banide needs to fix is letting players go for free. At a time where the club is in desperate need of improvement, they need rewards for their departing talent.

Rob Hunt once belonged to Brighton & Hove Albion and has been snapped up by a team who finished one place above them in League 2, Swindon Town. This demonstrates that Hunt is a capable and wanted player, and could’ve fetched a sweeter penny than £0. The positive is that George Edmundson joined Rangers for £700,000, meaning that there are still some funds to improve this squad.

False Economy

Losing a 23-year-old right-back to the team above in the league is something that could be fixed. However, Oldham Athletic have decided to replace him with Zak Mills, a 27-year-old right-back from Morecambe, a team who finished four places behind themselves last season. This is concerning for Oldham fans who may believe that their manager is aiming for a mediocre season in League Two, by sacrificing youth and bringing in older and arguably less useful players.

However, Zak Mills’ contract is only for one year, potentially indicating that Banide wants a stable season whilst he sets his squad up for future improvements.

POTY Nathan Byrne Signs New Wigan Athletic Contract

Wigan Athletic are delighted to confirm that Nathan Byrne has signed a new two-and-a-half year contract with the club, which will see him remain at the DW Stadium until the summer of 2021.

Byrne, 26, has featured 80 times in all competitions for Latics since signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer of 2016.

A star player under the management of Paul Cook and the current North West Football Awards League One Player of the Year, Byrne was named both the Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year in Latics’ record-breaking 2017-18 campaign and his manager is delighted to secure his long-term future.

“Nathan has been an important player for us in my time here and I am pleased that he can continue to progress with Wigan Athletic,” Cook said.

“He is a popular member of the dressing room and, equally so, a player that our supporters regard highly.”

2017-18 Double Player of the Year winner commits future to Latics, signing until the summer of 2021.

  • Nathan Byrne signs new Wigan Athletic contract
  • Byrne, 26, signs two-and-a-half-year deal which sees him commit his future to Latics until the summer of 2021
  • Paul Cook: “Nathan has been an important player for us in my time here and I am pleased that he can continue to progress with Wigan Athletic.”