Former Aston Villa striker Darren Bent believes that the return to fitness of Jota is a real positive for the Villans ahead of the Christmas period.
The Spanish forward joined the club from fierce rivals Birmingham City in the summer and started the season as a regular in the team, appearing in each of their first five league matches (Transfermarkt).
However, he recently had an operation to repair two hernias in his groin – an injury that he had been playing with for around two years – which has seen him miss a few games (via Birmingham Live).
His is now back in first-team training following the surgery (Birmingham Mail) and is, therefore, closing in on a return to action.
Bent believes that having him back is great news for Aston Villa, and when asked if his return would give the club a boost he told Football Insider: “Yeah it could be a huge boost, he’s got that extra bit of quality.
“He can see a pass, he can do some good things, though he is another one who needs to add goals to his game.
“He can see a pass and do the lot, but he needs to add goals to his game and if he does then I think Villa will be okay.”
Jota certainly has ability and as Bent says he could well add more quality to the team, particularly when it comes to creating chances.
After all, this is a player who racked up nine assists for Birmingham City in the Championship last season (Transfermarkt), and he has already set up one goal this term in the Villans’ 2-0 win against Everton (Transfermarkt). As per WhoScored, he leads the way in terms of through balls per game (0.4), so it’s clear to see he has a talent.
Bent mentions that the Spaniard needs to add more goals to his game and he is right, although he has managed to score goals in the past.
Indeed he netted 12 times in just 21 appearances for Brentford back in the 16/17 campaign whilst working under the current Villa boss Dean Smith (Transfermarkt), which shows that he does have goals in his locker and this manager can get the best out of him. All in all, he’s scored 13 times under Smith’s watch.
If he can rediscover that ruthlessness in front of goal, his return could well be a major boost for Aston Villa as they look to move up the Premier League table.
Aston Villa fans, would you like to see Jota in the starting 11 once he is fully fit? And what do you think he adds to the team? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!