Former Liverpool star Emiliano Insua scores first goal in over three years

The left-back netted against Espanyol this afternoon.

When Liverpool snapped up Emiliano Insua it was deemed an excellent coup. The energetic left-back started strongly at Anfield, and lived up to his billing as one of South America’s brightest young talents.

But he failed to hold down a spot at Anfield, being loaned out to Galatasaray for a season before moving to Sporting Lisbon at the end of the 2010-11 season.

But with Sporting struggling for cash, they sold him on to Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid in January 2013 for a fee believed to be in the region of €10 million. Joining up with Diego Simeone, a fellow Argentine, it was supposed to be the start of something brilliant for Insua.

It wasn’t.

In his two years at Atleti Insua has managed a mere 648 minutes of league football at the Vicente Calderon, equating to just nine La Liga appearances.

Now he is out on loan at Rayo Vallecano, where he is something of a regular, playing 22 times in La LIga so far.

Today saw the Madrid based club draw 1-1 with Espanyol, and Insua scored the goal for Rayo.

It was in fact not only his first goal for Rayo, but also the first league goal he has scored in his career. It was the first time he has hit the back of the net since scoring for Sporting Lisbon in April 2012, over three years ago.

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