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Liverpool Transfer News: Sending Iago Aspas on Loan Would Benefit All Parties

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24:  Liverpool player Iago Aspas in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Villa Park on August 24, 2013 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 19, 2013

Although players usually are not the ones making roster decisions, Swansea City's Michu has come up with a proposal that could help out Liverpool.

According to Phil Cadden of the Daily Mirror, the forward wants to boost his club's attack by adding Iago Aspas on loan:

We (the Welsh club's Spanish players) are hoping he can come here on loan. It would be a pleasure to play with him. Iago has had injuries, but he has quality. He deserves to play in the Premier League.

He has been unlucky. At Liverpool, they have Luis Suarez and (Daniel) Sturridge, who have scored a lot of goals. Suarez is, along with Diego Costa and others, one of the best strikers in Europe.

This is a very appropriate description of the 26-year-old player. Aspas has plenty of talent that could help Liverpool at some point, but there simply is not a lot of room for him. 

After a very successful season with Celta Vigo where he scored 12 goals with seven assists in La Liga, Liverpool spent £7 million to bring Aspas to Anfield. However, he has not had the success he was looking for in the Premier League.

Out of Liverpool's 16 league matches, the Spanish playmaker has only made four starts while appearing in three more contests as a substitute. He is yet to score a goal and has not had an assist since the first match of the season.

Of course, he first had to deal with a thigh injury that kept him out of action for over a month. Now that he is healthy, there is simply not enough room on the pitch for him on the attack.

One area where the Reds have a lot of depth is forward, where both Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have excelled. The duo ranks first and third in the league respectively in goals scored. Aspas certainly will not play over either of them as a striker.

Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have provided plenty of scoring for Liverpool.
Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have provided plenty of scoring for Liverpool.Paul Thomas/Getty Images

While he has also spent time in the midfield, he clearly was not completely comfortable playing so far back in the pitch. Liverpool are better off starting other more experienced midfielders in important league games instead.

This has hurt his goal of improving when he returned from injury. In November, he told the club's official website:

Not playing is frustrating, but I can take advantage of this stoppage, and try to get back to playing as soon as possible.

I think I can improve; I am happy with the team's level but not so much individually because I think I can do a lot better.

Even now that he is fit, he is not getting the opportunities he was hoping for. However, he would easily get first-team reps with Swansea if he were to be sent on loan.

With a new squad, Aspas could get the minutes he needs to work on his game and improve against top competition in the EPL. He can also move around the pitch with Swansea until he becomes more versatile on the attack. He must learn how to create opportunities for others and be a complete attack midfielder instead of just a scorer.

After spending the remainder of the season on loan, he could return to Liverpool next season as a better player and more ready to help the club compete at a high level.

Michu could use some help with Swansea City this season.
Michu could use some help with Swansea City this season.Stu Forster/Getty Images

This might end up being necessary if Luis Suarez once again becomes a transfer target. Charles Reynolds of The Independent reports that Real Madrid will attempt to acquire the world-class striker over the summer. 

Although it is tough to gauge the likeliness of this happening, Aspas could be useful whether Suarez leaves or not.

Meanwhile, this loan would give Swansea a big offensive boost, which is needed after the club has been inconsistent throughout much of the year. Michu has been especially disappointing and it is a reason the club has been unable to move up in the league table.

If this deal were to occur, it would be a rare occurrence where everyone involved leaves as winners. Aspas would get a chance to play, Swansea would get a talented player for half a year and Liverpool would get an even bigger star when he returns.

With so many benefiting, the Reds should find a way to complete this deal during the winter transfer window. 

 

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