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Spanish striker is perfect for Liverpool

Aspas has scored 12 La Liga goals this season (©GettyImages)
Aspas has scored 12 La Liga goals this season (©GettyImages).

Liverpool have been looking to strike early in the current transfer window.

Having already signed Ivorian defender Kolo Toure on a free transfer, the Reds are now set to sign the exciting Spanish forward Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo, according to the Daily Mail.

The Spaniard, even though an unknown quantity to many football fans, could prove to be a decent signing for the Reds.

The signing of a striker from a team which just about managed to avoid relegation on the final day of the season - and which was the lowest scoring team in the La Liga - does not look to be the most inspired piece of business at first glance.

However, a closer look at the stats will reveal the fact that even playing in a poor Celta Vigo side, Aspas has managed to excel. He has scored 12 goals this term for the Galician side, which accounts for nearly a third of all the goals that Celta managed all season.

To add to that, he has provided seven assists to his team-mates - meaning that the forward has contributed directly to more than half the goals that the Sky Blues managed all season.

His exploits on the pitch did not go unnoticed, either. It was earlier

reported that Valencia had a deal in place to sign Aspas, but it never happened due to the administrative and financial turmoil surrounding the club.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque also took notice, with him stating back in January that Aspas (along with Swansea's Michu) would make his next team.

Even though the promised call from the national team never came, the very fact that his performances warranted notice in a nation blessed with the greatest attacking talent on the planet proves the immense talent possessed by the Spaniard.

Another important characteristic of Aspas' game is his movement off the ball, along with his willingness to run for every ball.

As the Mirror noted: "The 25-year-old plays each game like it’s his last, getting in the faces of opponents and going to the ends of the earth for his team. He’s energy, enthusiasm, and endeavour. But he’s also skill and sublime."

Capable of playing as a lone forward, in the wings or in a deeper midfield role, Aspas fits the bill perfectly for Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool.

Aspas is the sort of player who often drifts from his central role down to the right side, from where he is very adept at cutting in to score. He has also proved time and time again that he can also play the role of the classical centre-forward, holding up play for his team-mates.

His movement, and the unpredictability of it, is probably the most impressive aspect of his game - and the reason why he is always a handful for opposition defenders.

Such players, who are capable of operating in multiple roles, have excelled under Rodgers - as is witnessed by the rise of players such as Daniel Sturridge and Phillipe Coutinho - and for this reason Aspas could become the ideal signing for Liverpool.

The only downside to Aspas' game is his temper, with the player often landing himself in trouble due to it. This season, in a relegation crunch clash against Deportivo, Aspas behaved quite immaturely - head-butting opposition defender Carlos Marchena, earning himself a red card and a four-match ban.

Such has been his character that his ex-coach Paco Herrera described Aspas to be "Half Messi and half monster". With a highly contentious character already in their ranks in the form of Luis Suarez, it remains to be seen how Aspas will fare at Liverpool.

However, the talent of the player is unmistakable and seems a reasonable risk to take - especially with the player reportedly coming cheap (at £7.7m).

It remains to be seen whether the Spaniard can perform at the levels expected of him but, for now at least, Liverpool looks to have pulled off a coup.

 

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