Iago Aspas, Liverpool's number nine, hasn't had too many chances to repay the faith shown by manager Brendan Rodgers due to the outstanding strike force of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
Aspas was brought in during the summer of 2013 from Celta Vigo for a fee of £7.6 million. He got off to a flying start, finishing top goalscorer with four goals during pre-season. However, since then, Iago hasn't established himself in the starting eleven for the Reds during the first half of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign.
Throughout the January transfer window, there was even speculation of Aspas moving away from the historic club on a loan deal. However, after a meeting with the manager, himself and his agent decided that it was best for Iago to stay on Merseyside until at least the end of the season.
As the current team's morale and confidence levels have been out of the roof recently, several players have found it hard to hit the ground running in front of the Kop and have also suffered the same problem as Aspas; a full 90-minute sit down on the bench.
Obviously managers can't please all of their players all of the time, but in my eyes signings such as Iago should be playing more often than not to keep them happy and boost their confidence.
With more minutes out on the field, maybe the 26-year-old would be able to settle down and play well. However, after gaining inconsistent treatment, he has to perform on a 'take what you can' kind of basis.
Rodgers knows Aspas has potential, as after completing his transfer he claimed he had been monitoring the player for 'a long time'. Unfortunately for the Spanish striker with his team doing so well, it would almost be an impossible mission to push his way into the starting line-up.
When Liverpool next come up against opposition with lesser abilities, in my opinion Iago should get at least 45 minutes at minimum to prove his worth.
Hopefully after more time in the team, Aspas will become an important player in Liverpool's attempt for a Champions League spot.
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