Brentford attacker Jota sat out of their friendly against Aldershot on Friday with a bid expected imminently from a Premier League club. Sky Sports understand that Huddersfield Town, Brighton, Everton, West Brom and Newcastle United have all shown an interest in the Spaniard. However, the identity of the club that is set to submit an offer isn’t known.
On Thursday, there was a meeting between head coach Dean Smith and club officials, which resulted in the decision being made that Jota shouldn’t take part in the game. Brentford are prepared to keep him this summer, despite the player entering the final year of his current contract. If a Premier League club wants to sign him, they will have to offer at least £8 million. This is the valuation that the club have put on the 25-year-old.
What does he offer on the pitch?
Jota is a unique and exciting player, as he showed in the Championship after returning to Brentford from Eibar. He was mainly played as a striker after the departure of Scott Hogan and he grew into the role. His biggest strength is his positional awareness. He is always one step ahead of his opponents, as he understands where the space is and how to exploit it.
The Spaniard showed good movement in the final third and he showed the qualities of a poacher with a number of his goals, as he was in the right place at the right time. In addition, he was a good finisher when chances presented themselves in the final third.
In 21 matches last season, he contributed 12 goals and five assists, which was a superb return. He was one of the best players in the division after his return to Griffin Park. Aside from his goal threat, he is a confident dribbler and possesses a good turn of pace that allows him to race away from his marker.
His reading of the game is impressive as he does create chances for his team-mates when the opportunity presents itself, while his set piece delivery is top drawer. The one doubt regarding his game is his best position, as he would unlikely be seen as a striker in the Premier League.
Jota has a lot of talent, but he isn’t the type of player that could thrive in any team. He needs to be given a role that suits him.
Is he ready for the Premier League?
It depends on the team that he moves to. He won’t be suited to playing in any side, as he does best when he is given a role that allows him freedom on the pitch.
Based on his time in the Championship last season, he was one of the best players in the division, despite playing in a team that was competing for very little at the time. He has the talent to play at a higher level and at a price of £8 million, he could represent value in the current market.
His time in La Liga at the beginning of last season with Eibar was underwhelming and there is reason to question his mentality as he struggled to perform in a bigger league. The Championship is a tough league, but there is not as much pressure on players as there is in the Premier League. Jota will need to show that he has the mental strength to succeed, but at the price being quoted, he is a risk worth taking.