This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
With Aston Villa gaining promotion to the Premier League via the Championship play-off final last term, boss Dean Smith looked to bring in a number of new faces in an attempt to build a squad capable of keeping them in the top-flight.
Sitting 19th in the league table as things stand, it remains to be seen if the current Villa squad have what it takes to remain among England’s elite.
Those statistics were an obvious reason behind Smith completing a move, reuniting the pair after spending time together with Brentford.
However, things have simply not kicked on for Jota at Villa Park, playing in just nine Premier League games and starting just 13% of matches in the top flight. He hasn’t managed to score in that time, registering just one assist.
A lack of playing time and form mean it has been a season to forget for the Spaniard, added to by a training ground bust-up with Chelsea loanee Danny Drinkwater.
So what next for Jota? Well, that will very much depend on where Villa are playing their football next season.
A return to the Championship would arguably hand the 29-year-old a chance at gaining first team football, but also leave Villa fans wondering if things could have been a little better had he been given a chance in the Premier League.
If Villa remain in England’s top flight, Jota may be better leaving and finding first team football elsewhere.
What looks sure is that if he does leave, the club will struggle to recoup the fee they paid for him. Indeed his market value has now decreased to £3.15m, almost £1m down from the transfer fee attached to his move last summer. As things stand, Jota’s move to Villa Park has been a failure.
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