Reports keep linking the Spaniard with a move away from Anfield, soon after his £7.7m move to Liverpool.
There has been plenty of speculation regarding the future of Iago Aspas, hinting that the signing from Celta Vigo in the summer may be departing Merseyside in the January transfer window.
But it would seem such an odd move to let the Spaniard go after just half a season at Anfield, where the striker has had to play second fiddle to Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez for much of the season when he hasn’t been struggling with injury – barring the start of the season where he played off Sturridge in the first three games and looked quite handy, more of a squad player than a regular starter.
So far this season, Aspas has only made nine appearances in the Premier League, five of them have been off the bench – with his four most recent substitute appearances have allowed for 21 minutes on the field combined over those games.
His role was clear when Suarez returned from his lengthy ban for biting, and when Fabio Borini left the club on loan to Sunderland – Aspas was the cover striker. But when he has played in the side he is been playing in a deeper role than the out and out striker – whether that would be Sturridge or Suarez.
Aspas looked as if he was a solid performer in the early stages of the season, looked to get forward and find the front man – the main criticism is perhaps of him not being able to use his right foot, and the fact he looks a little lightweight. The latter of those two criticisms could be addressed with a bit of time and work in the gym and on the pitch.
If the latest interview he has given to the Liverpool website is anything to go by, Aspas is keen to make a contribution to the Reds’ season, and that he doesn't have a particular desire to leave the club.
‘We’ve still got the whole of the second half of the season to play, and we cannot forget that we are Liverpool and we have to be in those top four places. We’ll be battling hard to achieve that right up until the end of the season.’
There have been other opportunities to play Aspas this season late on in the game for a longer period when the game has been won such as against Crystal Palace, Norwich – maybe even against Tottenham and Cardiff. Throwing him on late on against Manchester City and Chelsea in the hope he does something is a bit unfair without him having a serious amount of game time beforehand.
And with the current state of Liverpool’s squad at the moment, can they afford to let him go? Rodgers may as well try and make use of him whilst he’s here.
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