Paco Herrera has warned Liverpool that their new signing Iago Aspas has the red mist inside him and that’s something which could backfire on the club despite the value in their new striker.
Herrera is well placed to talk about Aspas having direct experience of handling him as a manager and also the experience of coaching at Anfield during his days as an assistant to Rafael Benitez.
“Iago is our benchmark. He is our star player in his own right, but there are sometimes small things that can affect Iago as a person and a player,” Herrera told Marca.
Among those small things is his temper, which is something Premier League sides will now try to exploit when they come up against him next season.
Included in his various offences list are the fact he missed a large chunk of his final season at youth level through suspension and he’s also picked up a lengthy ban for head butting an opponent at senior level, with four senior red cards to date.
It’s an aspect of every player which they try to keep buried deep inside themselves, that inner anger which can burst out in the middle of a game such as Zinedine Zidane’s head butt in the World Cup final against Italy.
It’s something that Liverpool would have been aware of when they signed him but there are plenty of reasons why they need to be very cautious over this side to him next season.
Brendan Rodgers frequently commented on the size of his squad last season and the fact it’s small when compared to other teams challenging for the top six.
That means Liverpool cannot afford to have players unavailable through poor examples of discipline, just look at how badly the lengthy ban Luis Suarez is currently suffering has affected the team.
The situation with the strikers is also another main reason Rodgers needs Aspas to keep a lid on his temper.
With Suarez banned for the first six games of next season and Daniel Sturridge possibly struggling with injury, Rodgers needs to be able to rely on Aspas which will be difficult as he has no experience of English football.
The fact English football is more physical when compared with the Spanish game increases the number of challenges and chances where Aspas could blow his top and get into trouble.
It would be an awful and poor situation for Liverpool if Aspas gets sent off in one of his first games, leaving Liverpool with two strikers suspended and in a similar situation to how they started last season.
Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen.
How do you think Aspas will approach the English game? Is he destined to get into trouble?
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