Liverpool loanee panned by Spanish press after first Sevilla appearance

Iago Aspas Celta Vigo

Iago Aspas received the joint-lowest mark of any player on his debut for Sevilla last night in the UEFA Super Cup.

Liverpool loanee Iago Aspas has not made the best immediate impression to the Spanish press, it would seem.

The 27-year-old, who joined Sevilla on a season-long-loan this summer, made his first competitive appearance following his switch from Anfield in the UEFA Super Cup last night and was given the joint lowest rating of any player on the pitch by Marca.

The Spanish newspaper gave Aspas a rating of four - which seems harsh given he was on the pitch for less than half-an-hour - signifying that he was slightly off the pace after what has been a disappointing year for him.

Aspas may have only been on for a brief period, but he could only manage a passing accuracy of 62% and he did not manage to test Iker Casillas in the Madrid goal. During his time on the pitch, he also only managed 18 touches as he failed to make an impact after coming off the substitues' bench.

Sevilla lost the match 2-0 to a Real Madrid side who have invested heavily over the summer.

The likes of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez joined an already intimidating attacking line-up and it was too much for Sevilla, who won the Europa League last season, to cope with.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored both goals for Madrid as they put out a statement ahead of the new La Liga season – where they are the favourites to take the title.

As such, Aspas is unlikely to be the only player who struggles against Madrid this campaign, but he would have been hoping to make a better start to his career with his new club than he did last night.

The Spaniard seems to have little chance of forcing his way back into Brendan Rodgers’ side, after a dismal debut season, and will be looking to impress in Spain’s top flight to force a permanent move back there.

Aspas enjoyed great success with Celta Vigo before moving to Liverpool last summer, but he only made 14 appearances for the Reds last year and didn’t find the back of the net – with Rodgers showing him the door already.

A move to Sevilla was expected to rekindle his form in a league where he has shown he can perform, but his start to life has been less than encouraging and he will be hoping that he sees some higher ratings in the near future.

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