Despite the celebrations surely still continuing after their Wembley win, clearly Aston Villa need to upgrade their squad all over the park if they’re to stay in the Premier League next season. Still, signing Jota is risky and has surely underwhelmed expectant fans.
Birmingham Live reported the Villans made their first signing of the summer on Saturday, June 1. Now, obviously, Jota would come from Birmingham after playing 40 times last season, making nine assists and scoring three goals, so it’s not like he’d take long to get used to his new surroundings.
Furthermore, he’s played under Dean Smith when they were both at Brentford, so the manager knows what he’s capable of, but that was in the Championship and not the heights of the Premier League. Frankly, it seems like it’s a signing for if Villa didn’t win the play-off final.
It’s simple, the club need top-flight experience if they’re to keep themselves up next term, so this transfer seems like a real disappointment. Indeed, the right-winger didn’t even perform that well last season in the Championship so who knows how he’ll do next term?
Obviously, the Premier League is littered with these kind of stories these days. The likes of Andy Robertson, Dele Alli and Jamie Vardy are just some of the names to have taken the English top flight by storm but, seriously, is Jota likely to get to that level? We doubt it.
The Spaniard is rated at £4.5m on Transfermarkt, and perhaps that shows that he’s no step up from what Villa have in their ranks already. Fans should be worried if this sets the precedent for the rest of the summer. Clubs that don’t spend on quality players usually go back down.
Fulham aside, of course, but they really were terrible…
Villa will have to do much better in the next two months if they’re to re-establish themselves in the Premier League. Jota is nowhere near the standard required and can’t be trusted to take the club to the next level.
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