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Celtic: James McFadden urges Hoops to sign Jota permanently

Celtic: James McFadden urges Hoops to sign Jota permanently -Celtic

Celtic should make Jota’s temporary move to the club a permanent one as soon as possible, according to former Scotland international James McFadden.

The Lowdown: Jota shines on loan

The 22-year-old joined the Hoops on loan from Benfica in the summer transfer window and he has made an immediate impact this season.

Jota has registered four goals and assists apiece in nine Premiership appearances and has contributed to 12 goals in 14 games across all competitions, quickly proving to be a key player for Ange Postecoglou’s side. As per WhoScored, he is the third-best performer currently in the Hoops’ squad for the 2021/22 season.

The hope is that the Portuguese’s loan move could become permanent eventually, but nothing is confirmed on that matter currently.

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The Latest: McFadden wants permanent deal

Speaking on Sky Sports [via The Daily Record], McFadden was in no doubt that Jota would be a huge asset for Celtic if they seal a long-term deal for him. The pundit said:

“I’ve watched him a number of times and the first thing is his work-rate, he works so hard for the team.

“He’s got so much quality on the ball, he can go either side. He doesn’t mind when the ball is down the left hand side just putting it into an area with his left foot.

“He’ll cut inside, he’s got a trick, he’ll take people on. He gets two goals and an assist and he just looks a real, real good player for Celtic. They have the option to buy him – I’d be taking it right now.

“When you look at his performances domestically, he transfers that to European games. He’s been excellent in Europe.

“I know that against Betis and Leverkusen they didn’t get the results they were looking for but at times the performances were there and Jota was magnificent.

“For me, the performances he’s put in, I would pay it.”

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The Verdict: No-brainer for Celtic

Signing Jota permanently makes complete sense for the Hoops, with his immediate impact showing perfect proof that he is worth keeping beyond a loan deal.

There is a £6.5m option to buy the attacking midfielder, which on current form looks like it would be a steal, especially given his age.

Other successful loanees like Fraser Forster have come and gone, but judging by Jota’s performances so far in Glasgow, it’s easy to see why McFadden is imploring Celtic not to drop the ball on the 22-year-old when it is firmly in their court.

In other news, two players could reportedly leave Celtic in January. Find out who they are here.

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