Iago Aspas sets his Celta Vigo goals target for La Liga

Celta Vigo, Balaidos Stadium

The 28-year-old former Liverpool and Sevilla striker accepts he has a responsibility, when it comes to leading the Celta Vigo attack.

Back with the club where he enjoyed the best years of his career, Iago Aspas is clearly looking forward to the 2015-16 season with Celta Vigo.

Whilst he accepts there is plenty of responsibility as one of the senior players in the Celta Vigo squad, he is also concious that the Balaidos crowd will have plenty of expectations, that his goals can lead the team to success in La Liga.

However, when it comes to predicting how many goals he will contribute this season, Aspas has taken a more modest view. In an interview with local newspaper, El Faro de Vigo, the 28-year-old simply suggested: "My objective is to surpass the barrier of ten goals."

Such a target should be achievable, given during the 2012-13 campaign, Aspas found the back of the net 12 times in 34 La Liga appearances. Along with his goals, his overall contribution to the team was important, as Celta narrowly avoided relegation by just a point.

That form encouraged Liverpool to make their move, paying up to €9 million for Aspas, in a deal that eventually went through after some administrative delays, at the end of June 2014.

Unfortunately for Aspas and Liverpool, things never really clicked into place for him at Anfield. Principally he struggled to get games, making just five starts in the Premier League, within a total of 14 appearances. His only competitive goal came during a solitary FA Cup appearance, in a 2-0 win against Oldham Athletic.

Inevitably, there was no place for Aspas in the plans of manager Brendan Rodgers the following season, which lead to Liverpool offloading the forward to Sevilla for the 2014-15 campaign. His move to the Sanchez-Pizjuan an initial loan deal, but with an obligatory purchase built into the agreement.

Much to his frustration, Aspas continued to struggle for starts at Sevilla. He appeared just four times in the starting-eleven, whilst scoring two goals in a total of 16 La Liga outings. Such scant appearances also brought friction between the player and his manager.

Along with three appearances and one goal in the Europa League, there was more fortune for Aspas in the Copa del Rey, as he netted 7 goals in 5 appearances, including back-to-back hat-tricks as Sevilla crushed Catalan side CE Sabadell, 11-2 on aggregate over two legs in the 4th round.

Sevilla completed their obligatory purchase of Aspas from Liverpool at the end of the season, but already clear that manager Unai Emery wasn't going to count on him, a deal with Celta Vigo was swiftly agreed for €5 million.

Since his return to Celta Vigo, always a favourite with the fans, Aspas has already given positive signs during pre-season. A brace of goals in the 4-0 friendly win against Genoa last Friday, an encouraging signal that he should quite comfortably surpass his ten-goal target for the season.

Such form will certainly be a boost to the plans of Celta Vigo manager Eduardo Berizzo, as he hopes to steer his side towards European qualification. Last season, his side missed out in 8th position in La Liga, just four points behind 7th placed Athletic Club Bilbao.

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