With news emerging that Liverpool have agreed a deal in principle to sign Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas - let's look at what he could do for the Reds.

Goal Threat:

Aspas has been in average goalscoring form for Celta Vigo this season, scoring 12 goals in 34 appearances in La Liga.

He also had a total shot accuracy of 56%, meaning more often than not, he will hit the target. Aspas is also known for his ability to find space and exploit it; something that will suit Liverpool's style of play very well. 

Although Aspas doesn't possess the same finishing skills as the likes of Luis Suarez, he still poses a threat going forward.

Play-maker/ creating chances:

This is by far Iago's greatest stat, his play-style is very similar to Coutinho's, and he turned out to be a sensational purchase, but what do Iago's season statistics show?

Throughout last season Aspas created 66 chances for his team mates, this is helped by his ability to be able to find a killer pass to release a team mate. This effort played a huge part in Celta Vigo avoiding relegation - a fate they had been facing all season. 

In addition to this, Aspas was involved in 51% of Celta Vigo's goals, proving that he was the main man for his team, a man they could rely on, Liverpool will be hoping for more of the same from him next season. 

Playing in a team already full of creativity will help Aspas adapt to the English game easier as Liverpool's style of play is very similar to that in La Liga. There is no doubt that Liverpool will benefit mainly from assists and chances created rather than goals, although he will still score goals for Liverpool.

Workrate:

His work could be likened with that of ex-Liverpool fans favourite Dirk Kuyt.

He chases lost causes down and always puts in a shift for his team, this was shown last season when Celta Vigo avoided relegation - mainly down to his efforts for the team - Liverpool fans will be pleased once they see Aspas chasing down every ball. 

If he does match Kuyt's work-rate then he will be a certain hit at Anfield. 

Technical ability:

On the ball, Aspas has similar qualities to Liverpool's January signing Phillipe Coutinho. 

He keeps the ball close to him while dribbling and has the ability to play his way out of tight situations, something that Brendan Rodgers obviously spotted when he identified him as a potential target. 

He is very difficult to contain when on the ball and is a slippery character, as I stated previously who can dribble his way out of tricky situations, but he also has the ability to pass with precision and sensibly.

He always chooses the correct pass and decides against playing silly passes, something that will also please Rodgers.

Summary:

After going through his traits, Aspas has all the qualities to succeed at Anfield, and for a price of £7.7m, he is good value for money. 

But Liverpool will be hoping he can deliver consistently at a high standard, something he should be able to do. 

One thing that is certain, is that Liverpool are getting a player who is god on the ball, can create chances and score goals too, he is a player that fits into Liverpool's passing system and should succeed over the coming seasons.

 

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