Iago Aspas’s debut season at Liverpool hasn’t exactly turned out how he had hoped. Having joined the Reds last summer, for a fee of £7.7million, the Spanish striker has failed to hit the heights - leading many to believe he will be sold come the end of the season.
He did little to endear himself to Reds fans during his brief cameo appearance in the defeat against Chelsea. With his side facing a one-goal deficit the 26-year-old only served to make things worse. His most memorable contribution in this match came from a corner kick, from which he played a poor pass straight into the path of Willian, who swiftly launched a Chelsea counter-attack.
The Spaniard has shown very little of himself since moving to England in June last year. He is yet to score a Premier League goal – having made 14 appearances – and in fact, he has only registered two shots in total, just one of which hit the target.
Aspas was a key figure for his previous club - scoring 12 goals in 35 league games in Spain's top flight last campaign; but since moving to England he has failed to reach those heights. His only meaningful contribution in attack came in the club’s 2-0 FA Cup victory over Oldham in January.
At a time when Liverpool’s squad depth has been minimal, he has ultimately failed to make any form of impact. With Rodgers expected to invest in the summer, he will surely look to bring in at least one new attacking player, throwing Aspas’s chances of playing even further into jeopardy.
It’s likely he would only consider a permanent transfer as opposed to going out on loan to aid his development. At 26 years of age a short-term deal with have little benefit – he needs to now find a club at which he can settle himself as a regular first-team player.
Should Iago Aspas leave Liverpool at the end of the season?