Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Diogo Jota is enjoying a fine first season in the Premier League.
The Portuguese has been a mainstay under Nuno Espirito Santo this term, making 27 appearances across all competitions.
After a somewhat sluggish start which can perhaps be put down to an adjustment period, Jota now has six goals and four assists to his name.
Interestingly his improvements in front of goal have come as a result of a position change.
Jota is now playing in support of Raul Jimenez in attack, whereas at the start of the season he operated a bit wider.
Jota has given an interview with The Independent in which he reveals that man of the moment Cristiano Ronaldo has helped shape his transition into his new role.
‘We have to look at him’
Jota, like many others, watching in awe on Tuesday night as the Juventus striker hit a hat-trick to dump Atletico Madrid out of the Champions League, despite a 2-0 lead after the first leg.
He said of his fellow countryman: “You have to appreciate what he does on the pitch.
“It’s true, Ronaldo was mostly a winger and now he’s mostly an area man. He is a reference not just for me but for all people because he’s a goal machine. We have to look at him to learn something. He’s Portuguese so he was already a reference.”
Ronaldo continues to blow minds and drop jaws following his summer move to the Old Lady. His goalscoring form simply hasn’t let up, and he continues to be an inspiration for all.
Jota started his career as a striker, and his recent position change appears to be benefitting him. Watching the way Ronaldo plays now in his older years will only serve to improve the youngster the more he operates through the middle with Jimenez.