Iago Aspas bagged his first goal in Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup third round yesterday.
He has been a maligned figure at Anfield this season despite only playing a combined total of 360 minutes for the Reds this season – four full matches in other words.
Aspas told the Liverpool website: ‘I played the last game on the right wing and today I played as a striker, which is my position.’
He took his goal well with a good right-footed finish – proof that he isn’t all left foot after all – and seemed to feed off the confidence it gave him as he struck the woodwork minutes later with a header.
Though he was isolated for much of the first half, he wasn’t shying away from picking up the ball in deep positions and trying to make intelligent runs in and behind the backline when a disciplined Oldham defence gave him the opportunity.
He may not have the talent that Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez possess – their respective price tags could suggest that to you.
During his time at Liverpool we have seen Aspas playing in a role different to the one he prefers in order to accommodate one of the above – which is probably not the fairest way to assess him as a player.
He still of course has a long way to go if he wants to become a big part of the Liverpool squad, his role has been clearly specified as a cover striker, a job he did adequately against Oldham.
Like any striker he needs service and support from his team-mates which came in the second half – and it didn't take long for him to flourish.
He showed he is at least competent, and needed something to boost his confidence. For Liverpool fans, they should think there is more to come from him.
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