Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has been urged to make a key decision on Portuguese forward Jota who is currently on loan at Parkhead…
Former Sporting and Celtic forward Jorge Cadete has urged the Hoops to exercise their option to sign Jota on a permanent deal following his loan move from Benfica.
Cadete, who believes the clause could be worth around £6m (€7m), has compared Jota to previous Celtic stars Odsonne Edouard and Fraser Forster in how he could develop in the coming years.
He told the Daily Record: “It’s too early to talk about the value of Jota if Celtic want to buy him. It’s normal for clubs when they loan a young player abroad, they fix the buy clause at a high price.
“Jota has been mentioned at six or seven million Euros.
“I’d like Jota to stay at Celtic in the long-term because I think it can be good for both parties. The Celtic supporters have an exciting player so it keeps them happy.
“And for the player he can develop even more in Scotland for the next two or three years. He can show all the qualities he has. Celtic had players like Forster and Edouard on loan before they bought them for a lot of money.”
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has a key decision to make on Jota and the fans would be buzzing if he decided to activate the option in the forward’s loan contract to keep him at Parkhead beyond the end of the current season.
The young Portuguese flyer has shown signs of huge potential in his short time at the club and he could be a shrewd investment by the Hoops.
Postecoglou recently claimed that Jota has shown “great promise” and his performances on the pitch for Celtic back that comment up. He has produced two goals and two assists in all competitions so far, starting seven matches across the Premiership, League Cup and Europa League. In the process, he’s quickly established himself as a regular starter after settling into life in Scotland.
In the Premiership, Jota has averaged a sublime SofaScore rating of 7.42. He has registered one goal and one assist in four appearances, whilst creating an eye-catching two chances per game for his teammates. Furthermore, he has made 2.1 tackles and interceptions per game as he refuses to shirk his defensive responsibility.
This is why Celtic fans would be buzzing if Postecoglou opted to sign the forward on a permanent deal, whether it is for the £6m touted or any other fee in that region. He is proving that he can thrive on the pitch for the Hoops and the Australian head coach must sanction the move as soon as possible.