There has been plenty of buzz about Iago Aspas being the value bet in the World Cup 2018 top Spain goalscorer odds after an impressive build-up.
The 30-year-old Celta Vigo striker would not have been on the radar of many punters a couple of months ago, with Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata far more obvious picks.
However, plenty of shrewd judges now believe Aspas will get enough playing time to make an impact in Russia and 7/1 is a tempting price for him to be La Roja’s leading marksman.
After breaking through from the youth ranks at Celta and helping them to return to LaLiga, Aspas joined Liverpool for £7.2million in May 2013.
He was given limited chances to shine at Anfield, with the likes of Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge ahead of him in the pecking order.
However, since returning to Celta in 2015, Aspas has recaptured his old sparkle, being the most prolific Spanish marksman in LaLiga during each of the last two campaigns.
The 5ft 9in forward hit 19 goals two seasons ago and 22 last term, finishing fourth in the overall table behind Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Suarez both times.
Aspas only scored his first international goal as a 29-year-old in a 2-2 draw with England back in November 2016.
He netted just twice in World Cup qualifying, bagging a brace in Spain’s 8-0 demolition of Lichtenstein.
Aspas stakes claim for starting role
However, this year Aspas has scored in a 6-1 friendly triumph over Argentina and snatched a last-gasp winner in the final Russia 2018 warm-up game, a 1-0 defeat of Tunisia.
Rodrigo Moreno started that match as a lone striker, with Aspas and Costa coming on in the second half.
It remains to be seen which way Spain will go at the World Cup, especially after the dramatic dismissal of Julen Lopetegui, but Aspas is just keen to play his part.
“Playing with two forwards is a decision for the coach,” he told Marca. “I’m simply trying to take advantage of the opportunities I’m given.”
Reporters close to the Spanish camp have suggested that La Roja staff are far from convinced by Costa’s form since switching back to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea.
Current Stamford Bridge star Morata didn’t even make the 23-man squad for Russia, so there is everything to play for in the World Cup 2018 top Spain goalscorer odds.
Rodrigo can also be backed at 7/1 and could be worth a saver after netting 16 times for Valencia in LaLiga last season, but Aspas remains our number one selection here.