Iago Aspas

Iago Aspas

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Position: Striker

La Liga – 2017/2018

Date: 31.07.2018

 

Statistical Overview

 

 
Summary
Appearances 34
Minutes played 2938
Goals 22
Assists 5
Yellow card 9
Red card 0
Shots per match 2,8
Pass success percentage 78,8
Aerial duels won per match 0,5
Man of the match 11
Defensive
Tackles per match 0,8
Interceptions per match 0,7
Fouls per match 0,7
Offside won per match 0
Clearances per match 0,3
Dribbled past per match 0,9
Blocks per match 0
Own goals 0
Offensive
Key passes per match 2,0
Dribbles per match 1,7
Fouled per match 1,8
Offsides per match 0,3
Dispossessed per match 1,4
Passing
Passes per match 36,3
Crosses per match 0,3
Long balls per match 1,5
Through balls per match 0,2

 

 

Market Value

Current market value:
Highest market value:
25,000,000 €

 

 

Iago Aspas
Iago Aspas

 

Player Information

 

Personal life

Iago Aspas Juncal (born 1 August 1987) is a Spanish footballer who plays as a striker for RC Celta de Vigo and the Spain national team. Aspas has spent most of his career with Celta, appearing in 279 official games over the course of nine seasons and scoring 117 goals. Aspas made his La Liga debut with the club in 2012 and moved to Liverpool the following year, returning to Celta in 2015. He first appeared with the Spain senior team in 2016. He represented the country at the 2018 World Cup. Aspas’ older brother, Jonathan, was also a footballer. He too came through Celta’s youth system. Their cousin, Aitor, represented smaller teams in their native region.

Club career

He was born in Moaña, Province of Pontevedra, Galicia. Brought through the youth ranks of local club Celta Vigo, he made his first-team debuts in the 2007–08 season with the side in Segunda División, then played his second game on 6 June 2009: brought on as a 59th-minute substitute against Deportivo Alavés, he scored both of his team’s goals in a 2–1 home win, being essential as it eventually escaped relegation. When he was 17, he was loaned to neighbouring Rápido de Bouzas, where he spent his penultimate year as a junior. Aspas was definitely promoted from the reserves for 2009–10, going on to appear in several more campaigns in the second tier with the Galicians. In the 2011–12 season, he netted a career-best 23 league goals, second-best in the competition behind UD Almería’s Leonardo Ulloa as Celta returned to La Liga after a five-year absence. As a result of his performances, he was voted the best forward and Zarra Trophy winner for the category. Aspas made his top flight debut on 18 August 2012, starting in a 0–1 home loss against Málaga CF. Aspas scored his first goal in the competition the following month, contributing to a 2–0 win over CA Osasuna also at Balaídos, and added a further 11 during the campaign to help the side escape relegation in the final matchday. On 15 March 2013, during the 1–3 Galician derby away loss to Deportivo de La Coruña, Aspas was sent off after half an hour for headbutting Carlos Marchena.

Liverpool
In May 2013, it was widely rumoured that a fee estimated between £7–9 million had been agreed for Aspas to join Liverpool, pending personal terms and a medical. On 13 June, both clubs agreed to a deal in principle to sign the player subject to completion of documentation, but this was delayed when his former agent requested the Royal Spanish Football Federation withhold international clearance because of a dispute over his representation; the deal was finally completed on 23 June, and he was given the number 9 shirt. Aspas made his Liverpool debut on 13 July 2013, scoring his first goal as well as assisting Raheem Sterling in a 4–0 pre-season friendly win against Preston North End. He made his Premier League debut on 17 August, providing an assist for Daniel Sturridge in a 1–0 victory over Stoke City at Anfield. Aspas scored his first competitive goal for the Reds on 5 January 2014, in a 2–0 win over Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup. During his spell, he played second-fiddle to Philippe Coutinho, Sterling, Sturridge and Luis Suárez as the Reds went on to finish second; he also struggled with his limited knowledge of the English language.

Sevilla
On 14 July 2014, Aspas returned to his homeland, being loaned to Sevilla FC in a season-long move and with a permanent three-year deal as an subsequent obligatory option. He made his competitive debut on 12 August in the 2014 UEFA Super Cup at the Cardiff City Stadium, replacing fellow debutant Aleix Vidal after 66 minutes of an eventual 0–2 defeat to Real Madrid. On 14 September 2014, Aspas appeared in the league for the first time, coming on for Carlos Bacca for the final seven minutes of a 2–0 home win against Getafe CF. His first goal for his new club came on 2 October, as Aspas opened the score in a 2–2 draw at HNK Rijeka for the UEFA Europa League group stage; late in that month he played the full 90 minutes and grabbed a hat-trick against CE Sabadell FC, helping to a 6–1 away routing for the season’s Copa del Rey, adding another treble within a four-minute spell in the second leg for a 5–1 win. He and FC Barcelona’s Neymar were the tournament’s top scorers, with seven goals each. Aspas’ first league goal for Sevilla came on 1 February 2015, the winner in a 3–2 victory over RCD Espanyol. Earlier in the game, Aspas had taken a shot which was handled by Kiko Casilla outside of the penalty area, resulting in the goalkeeper’s dismissal.

Celta Vigo
On 12 June 2015, Sevilla signed Aspas from Liverpool as part of the agreement between the two clubs, then sold him straight back to Celta on the same day, with the player agreeing to a five-year contract six days later for a €5 million fee. On 23 September, he scored twice in a 4–1 home win over Barcelona. Aspas was the La Liga Player of the Month for October 2016 after scoring five goals, including braces in a 4–1 win against Deportivo and a 3–3 draw with UD Las Palmas, in addition to a goal and assist in a 4–3 victory over reigning champions Barcelona. The following 23 February he scored a last-minute penalty in the Europa League last-32 second leg to force extra time at FC Shakhtar Donetsk, with the Spaniards emerging victorious. On 21 May 2017, in the last matchday of the campaign, he scored through a penalty in a 2–2 home draw against Real Sociedad, reaching a personal-best 19 goals and winning the Zarra Trophy in the process.

International career

In December 2012 Aspas, along with Michu, was poised to be called up by manager Vicente del Bosque for a debut with the Spanish national team on 6 February 2013, in an exhibition game with Uruguay in Doha, Qatar. However, neither made the final squad for that match. Aspas finally earned his first cap on 15 November 2016, under new coach Julen Lopetegui, replacing Juan Mata for the second half of the 2–2 friendly draw against England, being booked and scoring his side’s first goal. His competitive debut came on 24 March of the following year, as Aspas played the last six minutes of the 4–1 home win over Israel for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Aspas was included in the 23-man squad for the World Cup finals in Russia. He made his debut in the competition on 15 June 2018, replacing Diego Costa, who had scored twice, for the final 15 minutes of the 3–3 group-stage draw against Portugal; ten days later, having come on for the same player, Aspas scored a last-minute equaliser with a backheel to help his team draw 2–2 against Morocco and reach the knockout phase as group champions. On 1 July 2018, again after having taken the place of Costa, Aspas was one of two Spanish players to miss his attempt in the round-of-16 penalty shootout against Russia, a 3–4 loss in Moscow.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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