Diogo Jota’s stunning form for Wolverhampton Wanderers is likely to spark a summer race to land the Portuguese attacker’s signature, and the striker has told the Guardian that he – somewhat surprisingly – used to love watching Everton as a child.
Jota, 23, has been in stunning form for Wolves this season – netting 15 goals in all competitions, as well as laying on six assists. That is despite the two-time Portugal international completing 90 minutes just seven times this season.
His excellent form saw Manchester United linked, with The Express claiming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were planning a £50million offer. Just last month, The Daily Mail claimed Arsenal were keeping tabs on the former Atletico Madrid star.
Speaking about his childhood, Jota made the surprise statement that he used to watch Everton as a child – most likely during David Moyes’ tenure between 2002 and 2013. He described the Toffees as “relentless”.
“I loved to watch Everton play, especially when they were playing at home,” said Jota. “It was not a club that fought for the title but that always made life very complicated for the big teams. And I loved that drive and competitiveness. They were relentless.”
TBR’s view – Should Everton join race for Jota?
They would be foolish not to. With both Manchester United and Arsenal interested in the versatile attacker, adding a player of Jota’s speed and goal threat would be perfect in Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Dom Calvert-Lewin has starred up front but the number nine needs players to play off, and Richarlison has done that well this season. But alongside Richarlison, the likes of Bernard, Theo Walcott and Gylfi Sigurdsson have only shown glimpses.
With Everton expected to be in the market for a striker, why not go for a player that loved watching them as a child?