ESPN pundit Dom Hutchinson has expressed his view that Nottingham Forest’s acquisition of Divock Origi this summer serves no meaningful purpose.
The 28-year-old striker joined the Reds on a season-long loan with a purchase option from Serie A club AC Milan, where he had been signed as a backup to Taiwo Awoniyi.
Origi, who hails from Belgium, had joined the Italian club as a free agent after being released by Liverpool in 2022, but he only managed to make 10 starts in the league in the previous season. Since joining Nottingham Forest, he has made four appearances, all of which were as a substitute under the management of Steve Cooper.
Hutchinson, speaking on ESPN, elaborated on his opinion about the signing, acknowledging that he believes Origi’s talent is being underutilized at Forest.
“I’m not trying to be unkind, but I think the signing I’d label as somewhat unnecessary is Divock Origi. He didn’t get much playing time at Milan. When I heard Forest was signing him, I thought, well, he’s unlikely to see much action there, and it appears he hasn’t. So, in my view, that was a somewhat pointless transfer.”
The deal involving Origi is relatively low-risk for Forest, as they are only responsible for covering his wages this season. If the move proves successful, they have the option to make it permanent. However, it’s important to note that this signing should not be criticized or dismissed as pointless.