New Celtic signing Jota ‘can be a frustrating and inconsistent player’, according to The Athletic‘s data analyst Mark Carey.
Jota was one of three Deadline Day arrivals at Celtic Park, along with centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers and striker Giorgos Giakoumakis (via BBC Sport).
He’s joined from SL Benfica on a season-long loan with an option to buy for £6million (via Sky Sports).
The 22-year-old, who’s predominantly a left-winger but can also be deployed centrally or on the right-hand side, has scored two goals and provided three assists in 34 appearances for Benfica’s senior side (via Transfermarkt).
Jota was part of the Portugal squad who reached the final of the Under-21 European Championships at the start of the summer, scoring in the quarterfinal victory over Italy.
Carey warns that Jota could be a player who draws groans from the stands given his carelessness.
“He clearly has bags of talent,” he wrote. “What is the catch?
“Essentially, he can be a frustrating and inconsistent player. As suggested by his low smarterscout rating for ball retention (20 out of 99), he tends to give the ball away. A lot.”
This signing really feels like it could go either way. Jota could simply prove to be a class above and light up the division given his natural flair and showings at youth international level.
But if Celtic experience a tricky run of form, you sense that he’s the kind of player who could become an easy target for frustrated supporters, especially if he takes some time to adapt to a new and extremely physical league.
That’s why it’s smart for the Hoops to have negotiated an option, rather than an obligation, to buy come the end of the season.
In other news, Ange Postecoglou wants this position strengthened.
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