If Wolfsburg survive the current season, Divock Origi will have played a significant role in keeping them in the Bundesliga. Every goal he scores to help them to achieve that, though, lessens their chances of signing him to a permanent deal once his loan expires.
It’s perhaps not much of a conundrum for the club—survival, after all, is what matters—but the more Origi plays, and the more he scores, the more he impresses. And the more he impresses, the more Wolfsburg would like to sign him permanently while it becomes a more difficult proposition.
"We'd act negligently not to try," Wolfsburg sporting director Olaf Rebbe told Kicker when asked if they would try to sign Origi to a permanent deal—before admitting that the striker’s impressive play since arriving "makes it more difficult for us."
Origi has four goals and an assist so far in nine league games for Wolfsburg, who currently sit 14th in the 18-team Bundesliga. While the numbers may not be gaudy, Wolfsburg are not a side blessed with attacking talent, and reviews of Origi’s play have been consistently high.
And while Wolfsburg may face an uphill struggle to convince Origi to join them permanently, the Belgian striker won’t be short of suitors next summer if he continues to play well given he will then have just one year to go on his Liverpool contract, which expires in 2019.
“We are proud that we were able to convince Divock to come here,” Rebbe added. "He feels good here, and we are working on the rest."