In order for a club to be successful in LaLiga, productivity in the attack must be a priority for any manager. For Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde, they can count on Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez. Real Madrid look towards Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, while Atlético Madrid rely on the talents of Antoine Griezmann. Celta Vigo and Antonio Mohamed answer with Iago Aspas, and their striker is beginning the 2018-19 season in fantastic form.
The 31-year-old has netted five goals in six league appearances thus far and looks poised to improve upon that mark. He has worked well with Maxi Gómez up front, and Pione Sisto offers another dangerous option on the front-line with Aspas. The remarkable element is how consistent the forward has been for Os Celestes throughout his time with the club.
After working his way through the youth system and reserve sides, Aspas debuted in the Segunda División with Celta during the 2007-08 campaign. It took time to find both his form and significant playing time, but the striker’s skills would eventually shine brightly. A spectacular 25-goal haul for the 2011-12 season powered Celta back to the top flight.
He would spend time with Liverpool and Sevilla, before returning to the Estadio Municipal de Balaídos in the summer of 2015. This arrival back at Celta would also see his goalscoring touch appear once more, and that trend has continued into the current term. Aspas scored 49 goals in the previous two seasons combined, and that has seen him become a bigger part of the Spanish national squad as well.
With intelligent runs and a clinical finishing ability in front of goal, Iago Aspas has been the ideal striker for Celta during the past few years. Even with a change at manager, he is proving now yet again that he can still be that key contributor for the team’s attack.